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18 Sentenced in South Dakota Wildlife Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting operation in southern South Dakota’s Todd County. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says it’s one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and state...
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South Dakota House Passes Texting Ban on to Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a statewide texting ban. Legislators have voted 53-17 in support of the measure. It would allow law enforcement to charge texting drivers a $25 fine if they’ve been pulled over for another violation. The bill also includes funding for a public information campaign. Supporters...
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SD House Nixes Measure to Allow Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits to bring guns into the capitol. The bill has failed to move on to the Senate by a 33-34 vote. It needed 36 votes to pass. A slim majority of the House passed an amendment...
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SD Senate Kills Proposed Pay Raise for Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a proposal to give state lawmakers a pay raise. Senators voted 18-15 for the measure. But it needed a two-thirds majority, or 24 votes, to pass. Lawmakers get a salary of $6,000 a year now. The bill would have boosted that to $10,000, beginning...
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