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SD Senate Approves Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a statewide ban on texting while driving after approving changes that some senators say will never be accepted by the House of Representatives. Senators voted 22-13 to pass a texting ban measure that has already been passed by the House. But senators first changed...
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SD House Kills Bill to Expand Video Lottery

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow an increase in the number of video lottery machines allowed in gas stations and other establishments. Representatives voted 44-26 against the measure. It would have increased the number of permitted machines from 10 to 15. Opponents of the bill say...
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SD House OKs Ban on Red Light Camera Contracts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has granted final legislative approval for a bill prohibiting cities and counties from contracting with red light camera companies. The bill was killed in a Senate committee but was revived and simplified. It goes next to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for final approval. The cameras photograph traffic...
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SD Bill to Open High School Group Moves to House

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee has passed a measure to require transparency from the association that oversees high school sports and other activities. The panel voted 12-1 Monday to support the bill. It would hold the South Dakota High School Activities Association to the state’s open government laws. The...
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New Law Delays Common Core for Other Subjects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that would delay adoption of Common Core standards for any other subjects. The new law also requires officials to provide an opportunity for public comment for all new content standards. The math and English standards adopted by nearly all states were...
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Governor Says Though Flooding Not Probable, State to be Proactive in Watching River Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor has reiterated that state officials will continue to monitor river conditions and flooding chances as winter wraps up and Spring gets underway. Last Thursday, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that he had directed state emergency officials to work with federal and local entities to assess the potential...
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Avera St. Mary’s Foundation Holds Annual Gala to Help with Screening Colonoscopies

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Foundation held its annual gala Friday with this year’s event geared toward helping people pay for screening colonoscopies. The foundation pledged up to $50,000 of money it raised Friday to pay up to $500 in out-of-pocket expenses for those who schedule their screening before the end...
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Police Investigate Vehicle Stolen in Pierre Over the Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department is looking for a vehicle that was reported stolen over the weekend.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were told about the stolen vehicle Saturday morning just before 8:00 a.m.  Authorities are searching for a 1994 Blue Chevrolet C2500 pickup with South Dakota license...
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SD Panel OKs Background Checks for Economic Agency

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has passed a bill to require background checks of officers and employees of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Representatives voted unanimously Monday to support the measure. An amendment introduced in the committee hearing replaced the entire content of the bill. It previously...
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SD Revenue Likely to Fall Short of Governor’s Projections

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State economists predict South Dakota’s revenue collections next year will fall short of projections made when Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed his state budget in December. Economists for the Legislature and the governor’s budget office say ongoing state revenue from taxes and other general revenue is likely to be $4 million...
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