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SD Among Coalition Suing Over Immigration Order

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota is among a 17-state coalition that has filed a federal lawsuit over the Obama administration’s recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced the president’s unilateral move designed to spare from deportation as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States. Texas...
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Lawmakers React to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Speech

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Govenor Dennis Daugaard outlined his budget plan to lawmakers with the annual budget address at the State Capitol Tuesday.  The $4.3 billion dollar proposal includes two percent increases in spending for K-12 education, technical institutes and a two percent raise for state employees.  Reaction to the Governor’s speech by...
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SD Bison Cooperative Gets $99,000 Federal Grant

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City bison cooperative has received a roughly $99,000 federal grant to study how to get buffalo and other traditional foods on lunch tables in American Indian schools. The Rapid City Journal reports the Intertribal Bison Cooperative said Tuesday it was awarded the grant from the U.S. Agriculture...
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Obama Unveils Plan to Help Young American Indians

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – President Barack Obama has unveiled an initiative to improve opportunities for American Indian youth, more than one-third of whom live in poverty. Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative will include efforts to boost the career-readiness of American Indian children and develop them as leaders. A White House Tribal Youth Gathering is planned...
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Democrats: Daugaard Budget Doesn’t Fix Teacher Pay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has outlined his budget plan to lawmakers, but Democrats see one glaring omission in the $4.3 billion proposal that they’ve long called for: addressing South Dakota’s low teacher pay. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton of Burke said on Tuesday after Daugaard’s address that he’s disappointed the...
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USDA Homeownership Loans Available to SD Residents

HURON, S.D. (AP) – A federal home loan program geared to potential buyers in rural communities is now available to South Dakota residents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development home loan program offers 100 percent financing with no down payment required for low and lower income individuals or families at a 3.75 percent...
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Daugaard Proposes $4.3 Billion State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s $4.3 billion budget plan is being held in check by modest growth in South Dakota’s economy. The Republican governor outlined his proposal Tuesday in an address to lawmakers at the state Capitol. About $50 million would be added to general fund spending this year, with roughly 2...
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Rounds Names Key Staff Members in SD, Washington

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen.-Elect Mike Rounds has hired key staffers in South Dakota and Washington. They include Jeff Marlette, West River director in Rapid City; Kim Olson, central South Dakota director in Pierre; Mark Johnston, East River director in Sioux Falls; Josh Haeder, senior field manager based in Huron and Aberdeen; and...
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Fort Pierre Council Considers New Snow/Ice Disposal Ordinance

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre City Council held its first reading of a new ordinance regarding the proper disposal of snow and ice in the community Monday.  Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson says Ordinance 979 was the result of reports that snow from some residences was ending back up in...
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CAUW Nearing the Halfway Mark in Current Fundraising Effort

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way is approaching the half-way mark in its 2014-2015 fundraising campaign.  United Way Executive Director Christina Oey says right now, numbers show the campaign has gathered over $230,000…on the way to its goal of $555,000. Oey says September and October brought a busy few months...
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