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Three in Custody in Double-Homicide on SD Reservation

ST. FRANCIS, S.D. (AP) — Rosebud Sioux Tribe police say they have three suspects in custody in a double homicide on the south-central South Dakota reservation. Police Chief Iver Crow Eagle tells the Rapid City Journal that the bodies of two men were found in a field south of St. Francis about 2 a.m....
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H1N1 Flu Virus Showing Up Again in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Health officials in the Dakotas say they’re seeing cases of H1N1 flu — the same strain that caused a pandemic four years ago. The virus has caused two deaths in South Dakota. In the 2009-10 flu season it killed 24 people in the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells...
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SD Official Offers Advice on Short-Term Loans

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota banking official says people considering taking out short-term loans should make sure they understand the payment terms before they borrow money. Bret Afdahl, director of the state Division of Banking, says people need to understand the repayment terms for the different kinds of loans that are available....
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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November. However, the overall index rose just 2...
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Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. The problem is described by one of the researchers involved, psychology professor Seth Pollak. “Poverty seems to...
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Flu Season Ramping Up in South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The flu season is beginning to ramp up in South Dakota, with focal points of the virus in Yankton and the Rapid City metropolitan area. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan (http://bit.ly/1lrq66O ) that the virus will move statewide sooner than later. He says it will likely...
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SD One of Fastest-Growing States in Nation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that South Dakota is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, though it lags behind its northern neighbor. The state’s population grew by 3.5 percent over the past three years, to 844,877 people. That makes South Dakota the sixth-fastest growing...
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Changes in SD Probation System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new state law will make big changes in the way South Dakota handles criminal offenders placed on probation. Most offenders released on probation will be able to reduce their sentences if they behave themselves. Those who violate probation will face swift consequences from penalties tied to the severity of...
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State Sen. Stan Adelstein Resigns

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Stan Adelstein says he’s resigning from his legislative seat due to complications from recent hip replacement surgery. The 82-year-old Republican from Rapid City says he had the surgery on Oct. 4 and should have returned to full mobility within 30 days, but continuing infection led to three additional operations....
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Public Universities Rewarded for Research Innovations

PIERRE, S.D. – (SD State News) Six university proposals geared to promote research-driven economic development, along with a major collaborative project on security and anti-counterfeiting technology, will benefit from $1 million in state research grants awarded through a competitive process. The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today the creation of a Center for...
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