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SD Senate Panel Passes Texting Ban with $100 Fine

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has passed a bill that would ban texting while driving. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-1 to support the measure. The bill’s main sponsor introduced an amendment during Wednesday’s hearing to make the bill more like a similar measure coming out of the House. The...
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Group Upset by Legal Killing of Young Lions in SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A national mountain lion protection organization is outraged that South Dakota hunters shot three young lions last week and had their kills deemed legal by the state. Penny Maldonado with the Wyoming-based Cougar Fund tells the Rapid City Journal that the killing of the 3-month-old, 4-month-old and 5-month-old lions...
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‘Heating the Rez’ Effort Quickly Reaches $50K Goal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An effort to raise $50,000 for a pilot project aimed at moving Standing Rock Reservation homes away from reliance on propane fuel has reached its goal in just a couple of weeks. The “Heating the Rez” effort has drawn more than 1,150 donations from as far as Australia and Sweden....
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Interim Police Chief Named in SD Capital City

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre commissioners have named an interim police chief for South Dakota’s capital city. Capt. Dave Panzer Jr. will head the Police Department while the city searches for a permanent replacement for Bob Grandpre. He’s retiring at the end of the month after nearly four decades in law enforcement and about...
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