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New SD Law Bans Adoptions at Pregnancy Centers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a new law to tweak the policy governing the state’s pregnancy help centers. The law forbids the centers from lining up adoptions. It will take effect in July. The centers are designed to provide neutral counseling to women who have sought an abortion....
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SD Governor Signs 45 Bills, Repeals Some Laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed 45 bills into law. One bill he signed Friday repeals outdated policies on the sale of petroleum products. Other new laws will require the daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance in public schools and appoint a task force to study child sexual...
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SD Legislature Works to Pass State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has approved a plan to give extra state money to South Dakota school districts, the four technical schools and some health care facilities that care for low-income people. The Joint Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to pass the $4.3 billion state budget. The House and Senate plan...
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Open House for Retiring Mayor Tidball Sunday; Pierre’s Mayor Thanks Him For His Work

UNDATED – (DRG News) Sunday brings an Open House in the City of Fort Pierre, as the community honors retiring Mayor Sam Tidball. Tidball has served eight two-year terms as Mayor and prior to being Mayor, was on the Fort Pierre City Council from 1992-1998. He announced last October that he wouldn’t run for re-election...
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Thursday Grass Fire Scorches About Four Acres North of Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire Thursday afternoon burned about 3-4 acres of grass north of Pierre. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the fire was reported about 5:00 p.m. yesterday just north of Highway 14 and east of Highway 1804 near AJ’s Auto. He says the fire apparently started along Highway 1804 and winds...
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Gas Leak Reported After Small Line Cut in Fort Pierre Thursday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A gas leak in a small line along Creager Court in Fort Pierre resulted in a call to the Fort Pierre Fire Department Thursday. A contractor was digging yesterday afternoon when a one inch line was cut and gas began escaping from the line. The immediate area near the...
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SD Man Accused of Forgery, Escaping Jail Arrested

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of forging a check, breaking into a post office and escaping from the county jail has been arrested. The Daily Republic reports that 18-year-old James Shortbear is back in custody. The newspaper reports records show that the Chamberlain man tried to cash a check originally...
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SD Federal Court Ranks Among Most Productive in US

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has been ranked second in the nation for the number of federal criminal jury trials handled by district judges in active status. The Administrative Office of the United State Courts recently released the productivity and trial statistics for fiscal year 2013. The statistics factor the work of...
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Panel Rejects Prenatal Care for Non Citizens and Other Budget Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A plan to provide prenatal care to pregnant women who are not U.S. citizens was rejected Thursday by the South Dakota Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee. A separate bill that sought to provide health care for low-income women who are in the country illegally or on visas was killed last week...
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SD Legislature Works to Pass State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are working to pass a budget and take care of other last-minute details as the main run of this year’s legislative session comes to a close. The Joint Appropriations Committee planned to finish work on the $4.3 billion state budget Friday so the House and Senate could...
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