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SD Bill: Teachers Can Discuss Intelligent Design

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow teachers to discuss intelligent design in classrooms. Intelligent design is the belief that a higher power must have had a hand in creation because life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone. The Senate Education Committee planned to...
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SD House Endorses Extending Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the term limits that apply to state lawmakers. Senate and House members can serve no more than four consecutive two-year terms in a chamber, for a total of eight years. But a lawmaker can run for another...
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SD Senate Unanimously Passes Shared Parenting Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to pass a bill encouraging joint physical custody of children in divorce proceedings. Other bills dealing with the issue have failed in recent legislative sessions. This year’s bill is based on an Iowa custody law and is designed to give children substantial time...
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Fort Pierre Working to Remove Unsightly, Abandoned Buildings

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) City leaders in Fort Pierre say they are making progress at removing buildings that are considered unsightly, dangerous, or are abandoned or vacant. Three structures in town were demolished this week and the debris was removed. Mayor Sam Tidball says the city reworked an ordinance last fall regarding...
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Four Local Historic Properties Among 17 Approved for State Historic Preservation Property Tax Moratorium

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Historical Society board of trustees recently approved 17 property tax moratorium applications. Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society says the approvals are for an eight-year state historic preservation property tax moratorium for restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Vogt says if an...
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SD House Speaker Brian Gosch Proposes Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – In a surprise move, South Dakota House Speaker Brian Gosch has proposed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Gosch initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from imposing their own texting bans, which upset many city officials from across the state. But in the bill’s first...
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SD Panel Kills Bill to Drug Test People on Welfare

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has killed a bill that would have established drug testing of welfare recipients. The Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to defeat the measure. Supporters of the bill say it would have discouraged illegal drug use and promoted stable families. Opponents argue...
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Salazar: Build Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built. Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental...
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Two Arrested This Morning in Pierre for Theft by Deception for What Police are Calling a “Quick Change” Scam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two Iowa residents were arrested this morning in Pierre for their alleged involvement in what police are calling a “quick change” scam. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says taken into custody this morning were 37-year-old Aimee Nicholson of Des Moines, Iowa and 30-year-old Joseph Barnes of Council Bluff, Iowa....
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SD Committee: Classes to Start at End of August

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has passed a measure that would prevent public schools from starting classes before the last Monday in August. The State Affairs Committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill. Supporters say it will allow more time for students to gain additional summer work experience, attend the...
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