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Country Group Alabama to Headline SD State Fair

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Fair has announced that country music group Alabama will be part of its Grandstand Line-Up. The group will perform Aug. 29. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 16 and cost $40 and $45. The band’s popularity took off in the 1980s. The state...
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SD House Panel Supports Daily Pledge in Schools

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has recommended that students in all South Dakota public school classrooms should recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily. The State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to approve a measure that would require each public school district to give students the chance to recite the pledge each...
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SD Senate OKs High School Group Transparency Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure requiring openness from the group that governs state-wide high school sports and fine arts activities. The bill’s sponsor, and other senators, say the High School Activities Association does good work for the state. Supporters of the bill say the association should be...
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SD House Passes Abortion Ban for Gender Selection

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the gender of a fetus. Representatives voted 60-10 for the bill after sponsors said people from some Asian nations are aborting female fetuses because they want sons. They say the practice could spread to South...
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Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A judge has struck down a Nebraska law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling Wednesday that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of the route. Stacy says the decision should have been made by the Nebraska...
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Tuesday Accident Causes Damage to One Vehicle at Pierre Intersection

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An accident Tuesday resulted in damage to one vehicle, but no injuries.  Derald Gross, Detective Sergeant of the Pierre Police Department, says the accident occurred at the intersection of Pawnee Street and Sioux Avenue around noon Tuesday.  Gross says a small Saturn-brand car pulled up on the right side...
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Special Prosecutor in Pierre Murder Case Talks About Next Steps to Come

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG  News) The prosecutor in a Pierre teen’s murder case says he will continue working to prepare for trial-following yesterday’s ruling by a judge that 17-year-old Braiden McCahren’s case remain in adult court. McCahren is charged in the death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in December of 2012 following a shooting at...
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Judge Denies Request to Move McCahren Case to Juvenile Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) For a second time, a judge has ruled that a Pierre teen will be tried in adult court for murder and other charges.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren appeared at the Hughes County Courthouse Tuesday for a transfer hearing in his case.  He is charged in the December 18, 2012 shooting...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill Limiting Payday Lending

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has rejected a measure that sought to put additional restrictions on short-term loans. The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-2 to defeat the bill after opponents said it was excessive. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls says he negotiated provisions of the bill with...
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FBI Confirms Activist Was Killed in SD in 1973

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The FBI says a black civil rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible. Documents recently released by the FBI to a Buffalo, N.Y., lawyer shed new light on the 40-year-old case of Ray...
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