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Republicans Reject Democrat-Backed Ethics Commission Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Republican-dominated state House of Representatives has rejected Democrats’ calls to restore the South Dakota Ethics Commission in response to South Dakota’s investment-for-visa scandal. The House voted down 53-16 on Wednesday a measure requesting that the commission repealed in 1979 be re-established. Democratic Rep. Shawn Bordeaux said the state has...
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Senate Committee Passes New Deadwood Games

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has passed a measure that would authorize three new voter-approved games in Deadwood. The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved the proposal to allow keno, craps and roulette in the historic mining town. Boosters have pushed the measure as a way to keep Deadwood competitive with...
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Committee Passes Plans to Hike Legislator Compensation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved several proposals to allow for increases in lawmakers’ compensation. The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed proposals to make legislator pay at least $6,000 and to allow lawmakers to be eligible for the same pay increases that state workers get when the...
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Eagle Butte Woman Pleads Guilty to Murder in Child’s Death

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte woman accused of killing a toddler by kicking him in the head has pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge. Twenty-one-year-old Jordyn Blue Coat was accused of angrily kicking a 20-month-old child she was caring for last October, when the boy got ahold of a dirty diaper...
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