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South Dakota Sees Most Syphilis Cases in 44 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Department of Health officials say the number of syphilis cases reported last year was the most in 44 years. An annual summary of infectious diseases in the state shows that 48 syphilis cases were reported in 2013. The most reports of the sexually transmitted disease were in...
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Construction of Pulse Plant on Hold for Winter

HARROLD, S.D. (AP) – Organizers say construction is behind schedule for a plant near the central South Dakota town of Harrold that will process pulse crops such as lentils, field peas and chickpeas. The 11,000-square-foot, $4.5 million South Dakota Pulse Processors plant was expected to start operations in the spring. The Pierre Capitol Journal...
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SD Meth Cases on the Rise; Agents Spread Thin

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The number of methamphetamine cases is the rise across South Dakota. The Aberdeen American News reports that there were 1,229 meth-related arrests in 45 counties last year compared to 669 in 36 counties in 2012. Data show there were 402 arrests in 30 counties in 2011. Attorney General Marty Jackley...
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SD Lawmaker Will Try to Ban Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker says he will make another attempt to ban texting while driving. Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell says he is still working on details of the bill, which will be introduced soon in the South Dakota Legislature. A similar bill sponsored by Vehle was passed by the...
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