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Pierre/Fort Pierre Crews Plowing Snows This Afternoon

UNDATED – (DRG News) The City of Pierre is in the process of plowing the highways and the Truck Bypass; along with clearing all the snow routes.   The determination whether or not to declare a snow emergency will be made within the next couple of hours. In Fort Pierre, plows are going to be...
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Obama to Act on Keystone in ‘A Couple of Months’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Governors are quoting President Barack Obama as saying he expects to decide on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline in the next couple of months. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican who supports the pipeline, said Obama was asked about Keystone Monday at a White House meeting with about 40 governors....
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Semi-Truck Damaged in Collision with Train Bridge Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A truck driven by an Eagan, Minnesota driver spent a few extra hours in Pierre over the weekend after it struck the train bridge on Saturday.   Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the rig was northbound on Pierre Street about 6:20 p.m. Saturday and the driver didn’t note the...
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SD Bill to Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a plan to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that resemble traditional cigarettes. They heat a liquid solution, creating vapor that users inhale to get nicotine without the smoke of regular cigarettes. The Senate State Affairs Committee...
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Daugaard Attends National Governors Association Winter Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard is expected to return to South Dakota this evening after attending the 2014 National Governors Association Winter Meeting.  Governors from across the nation convened in Washington, D.C. for the meeting which was held over the weekend.   NGA Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair...
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SD Panel Rejects 2 Bills on Common Core Standards

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has ruled on three bills relating to the contested Common Core standards, rejecting two by a narrow margin. The House Education Committee voted 8-7 to defeat a measure to supplant the standards. Supporters of the measure said the standards were developed outside of the state....
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Cracker Barrel Hosted in Mobridge

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News)  This past Saturday there was a Cracker Barrel session held in Mobridge, S.D. hosted by Dakota Radio Group, Pollock Prairie Pioneer and Pizza Ranch. People from surrounding communities met with South Dakota State Senator Cory Brown and South Dakota State Representative Justin Cronin of District 23. A varied range...
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SD Lawmaker Expects Another Push for Hemp

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker expects another attempt in the Legislature next year to push for the easing of restrictions on hemp production. A resolution urging the federal government to reconsider hemp’s status as a controlled substance and recognize its viability as a crop was approved in the House but not...
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South Dakota Cattle on Feed Up 7 Percent from 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota feedlots with capacities of 1,000 or more animals had 240,000 cattle on feed on Feb. 1, up 7 percent from last year. The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that placements in feedlots during January totaled 54,000 head, up 50 percent from 2013. Marketings of fed...
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SD Lawmakers Swap Seats, Look at Extending Terms

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The end of a term limit for a South Dakota lawmaker does not mean he or she is done making laws. David Novstrup will reach his four-term limit in the House this year. He hopes to stay in office by switching chambers with his father, fellow Aberdeen Republican Sen. Al...
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