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SD Animal Cruelty Bill Moves on to House

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has passed a bill to make cruelty against animals a felony. The House Judiciary committee voted 10-2 Monday in support of the measure. South Dakota is the only state without such a law. But similar proposed legislation has failed in the past. Supporters of the...
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Day After Record High Tied, Forecast Calls for Snow Chances

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) A day after a record high temperature was tied in Pierre, the National Weather Service says the possibility of snow is in the forecast for the area. Dan Mohr with the Aberdeen Weather Service office says Sunday brought a high of 70 degrees to the Pierre area, which tied...
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SD Panel OKs Workgroup Study of Autism on Children

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has passed a bill to study the effect of Autism Spectrum Disorder on children in the state. The House State Affairs Committee voted 12-1 to support the measure. It goes next to the House floor. The bill initially addressed another topic, but the committee passed...
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SD Perspective Programming Change

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings the program South Dakota Perspective to the Dakota News Network and we’ve had a change in our guests for this afternoon’s broadcast.  The first guest for today’s program from 2:05 to 2:30 p.m. will be Mike Mueller of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration.   Then from 2:30...
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State Agency Hosting Water Quality Conference

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is hosting a ground water quality conference in Fort Pierre next week. The 26th Annual South Dakota Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference on March 19-20 at the AmericInn Teton Island Conference Center will feature exhibits and technical presentations on the...
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South Dakota Lawmakers Estimate State Revenue

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is working to put the final touches on next year’s state budget. State economists are making projections of how much tax revenue the state will collect in the next year. The Joint Appropriations Committee will use those estimates to decide how much money the...
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International Group Honors BIA’s Police Chief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The police chief of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has been named the 2013 Indian Country Officer of Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The U.S. Attorney in South Dakota says the award was given to David Lawrence for the...
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Historians Seek Revival of Studying the Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A group of historians is warning of the loss of Middle America’s contemporary history and calling for a revival of academic study of the Midwest. The group is launching a new academic journal of Midwest history next month and a new Midwest history association in the fall – the first...
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With Warm Weather in Forecast PFD Chief Offers Reminder of Ice Safety

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Fire Chief reminds people to use caution when it comes to going out onto local ice covered waterways. Chief Ian Paul says weather will warm for at least the next few days and that means a change in the thickness and strength of the ice on the river....
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Daugaard Says Flood Risk Not Imminent However State is Monitoring Potential

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard says state officials will be working with federal and local entities to assess the potential for Missouri River flooding in 2014. Daugaard said yesterday that the risk of flooding isn’t probable at this point; however in recalling the flood of 2011, he says information on river...
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