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State Exploring Telehealth Options for Drug Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Social Services is exploring using telemedicine services to help drug and alcohol abusers in remote parts of the state stay sober and out of prison. State officials say the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded a $100,000 to the department to figure out how to...
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Judge to Issue Decision on Motions in McCahren Case Within the Next Few Weeks

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two-day motions hearing in the case of Braiden McCahren wrapped up late this morning in a Pierre courtroom.  The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault.  He was indicted for the charges after the shooting death at the...
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McCahren Motions Hearing Continues Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This morning brings the start of the second day of a motions hearing for Braiden McCahren, a Pierre teen charged in the shooting death of another youth in December of 2012. The 18-year-old McCahren has entered not guilty pleas to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault....
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Report: Midwest Economic Index Slumped in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier. A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3 1/2 percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June,...
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Former Walworth County State’s Attorney Charged with Rape Held on No Bond

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man who formerly served as State’s Attorney in Walworth County is being held on no bond on three counts of Rape. On Wednesday, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner announced in a joint press release that 34-year-old...
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Three New SD Communities Added to Dakota Resources Home Address Rural Housing Program

UNDATED – (DRG News) Three South Dakota communities have been added as new sites in the Dakota Resources Home Address rural housing program.  Mobridge, DeSmet and Lemmon have been named for the 2014-2015 cycle, joining the Martin/Lacreek District, Miller, Faulkton and Wagner. Home Address Program Manager and Coach Mike Knutson says in a release...
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Pen Used to Make South Dakota a State on Display

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The pen that President Benjamin Harrison used to sign proclamations to create the states of South Dakota and North Dakota is on display in Pierre. The state says after the Nov. 2, 1889, signing, the pen was given to a land agent and eventually handed down to the sister of...
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SD Delegation Attempts to Halt VA Hospital Closure

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s congressional delegation is inviting the new Veterans Affairs secretary to the state. The invitation to Robert McDonald is intended to prevent the closure of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the western part of the state. Sens. Tim Johnson, John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem say they want...
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Pierre PD Says Man Receives Minor Injuries in Motorcycle/Vehicle Collision

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre motorcyclist received minor injuries in a collision in Pierre this morning.  Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says the accident was reported just before 8:00 a.m.  Gross says the wreck occurred at the intersection of North Central Avenue and Eighth Street, when a Pierre man driving a pickup...
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Motions Hearing Underway for Teen Charged in December 2012 Shooting Death

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two day motions hearing in the case of Braiden McCahren started this morning in a Pierre courtroom.  The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault.  He was indicted for the charges after the shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in...
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