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Representative Julie Bartling and Senator Ryan Maher with State Legislature Listening to State of the State January 14, 2014 (KGFX Photo)

SD Panel Defeats Measure to Shrink Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit legislators’ terms in office. Lawmakers can serve four consecutive terms, or eight years, in the House or Senate. They can run for another chamber after being term-limited in one. The proposed provision would have...
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US Senator Johnson Endorses Robinson’s House Bid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson is officially backing a Rapid City native who wants to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. Johnson has issued a statement saying Corinna Robinson served honorably with the Army in Iraq – a war he supported. Robinson spent 25 years in the Army...
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SD House Panel Kills Bill to Open Caucus Meetings

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has defeated a measure to open meetings of the majority Republican Party that currently are private. The House State Affairs Committee voted along party lines 9-3 against the measure. Three committee Democrats supported it. The measure’s opponents say state legislators are already accessible to the...
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No Damage Reported from Minor Earthquake in SD

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says there have been no damage reports from a minor earthquake in the Chamberlain area. The Daily Republic reports that the Friday afternoon quake measured 2.9 on the Richter scale. Police Chief Joe Hutmacher says city officials received no calls from the public. It was the...
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SD Senate Panel Approves Bill to Open Police Logs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has approved a measure that would require police logs to be open to the public. State law currently allows law enforcement agencies the discretion to release information about calls for service to the public. The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to require those law enforcement agencies...
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NBC’s Tom Brokaw Diagnosed with Cancer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – NBC News says veteran newsman Tom Brokaw has cancer. The network says Brokaw was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment. In a statement released by NBC, Brokaw says he remains the luckiest guy he knows,...
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SD Bill Would Ban Abortions for Gender Selection

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is considering a measure that would ban any abortion being sought because the fetus is not the gender wanted by a pregnant woman. The measure would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion being sought by a woman because of the...
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Corps Adjusts Dam Water Releases to Missouri River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Changes in the Missouri River levels caused by cold temperatures have forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase the amount of water being released out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border. The Corps says the dam has been releasing 16,000 cubic feet per second....
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SD House Stops Two Bills on Amending US Constitution

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has defeated two measures regarding the state’s participation in a convention to amend the U.S. constitution. An initiative to call a convention to propose an amendment requiring a federal balanced budget was rejected on a 28-42 vote. Supporters say the resolution is a way to address...
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Pierre School Board Approves Plans for New Elementary Building

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board viewed the plans for the district’s new elementary school at Monday’s monthly meeting. Architect Jeff Hazard of Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls went over drawings and various details of the new building during a presentation before the board. Hazard said the building will be...
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