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Survey: Low Pay Hurts SD Teacher Hiring, Retention

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota school superintendents responding to a survey say low pay is an important reason they are having trouble hiring and keeping teachers. A total of 130 school superintendents responded to the survey sponsored by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota. Nearly...
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January Economic Survey Suggests Growth in Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead. The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence index dropped to a still...
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SD Lawmakers Warn OSHA to Avoid Family Farms

WASHINGTON (AP) – For decades, the federal agency overseeing workplace safety has been prohibited from regulating small farming operations. But lawmakers in South Dakota and other farm states have grown concerned and are seeking to head off any effort to change decades of precedent. In recent days, members of Congress from both parties have...
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New Spider Named for Pierre Area

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A tiny spider found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland has been named after the area in central South Dakota. The Capital Journal reports Theridion pierre is its official name. Arachnologist Brian Patrick from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell suspected it was a new species when he and several interns...
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Family Limited in Donations to Judicial Candidate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota committee that deals with judicial elections says limits on campaign donations apply to members of a judicial candidate’s family. Campaign rules say a person or organization can donate no more than $1,000 in an election year to a judicial candidate. A candidate had asked whether that limit...
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Tribe Considers Putting Legalized Pot to Vote

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – An Oglala Sioux tribal committee has started a process that could allow a public vote on whether to legalize marijuana use on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tribal Councilman Kevin Yellow Bird Steele tells the Rapid City Journal that the business development committee approved the measure last week, and...
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Keystone XL Foes Undaunted by State Department Report

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – With another hurdle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are pressing lawsuits challenging the project, plus public protests and campaigns to inject the issue into the 2014 elections. Supporters and opponents are both claiming victories with the U.S. State Department report released Friday, which raised no major objections to...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Plan to Elect Education Chief

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected a measure that would have let voters choose the state education secretary in statewide nonpartisan elections. The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Bolin of Canton, says state education secretaries were elected until the 1970s, when a constitutional amendment let the governor choose the education...
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Kennebec Farmer Releases Latest Time-Lapse Project

KENNEBEC, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota farmer who creates time-lapse photos and videos of the sky over Western landscapes has released his latest project. Randy Halverson, of Kennebec, says he shot “Huelux” last year in South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah. He says the weather made it difficult to get some of the shots...
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SD Helps Low-Income People Deal With Propane Costs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he has authorized the use of some extra money to help people in a heating assistance program deal with the high cost of propane. Daugaard says propane prices in South Dakota have doubled to more than $4 a gallon in the past few weeks...
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