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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Assaulting Officer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man has been sentenced to one year in prison for assaulting an officer on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 37-year-old Cleveland Buckman was sentenced on Wednesday, after pleading guilty to assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. Johnson says the assault...
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Crews Completing Capitol Stained Glass Project

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The last of the stained glass windows in a $3 million restoration project are being replaced at the South Dakota Capitol. The Capital Journal reports that the project is expected to be finished next week. The stained glass in the dome, the barrel vault above the grand staircase, and above...
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Committee to Read Rounds, Daugaard Answers on EB-5

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee resumes its probe of the state’s involvement in the federal EB-5 investment program next week. The Government Operations and Audit Committee meets Wednesday in Pierre. Its members plan to look at written answers provided by former Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the program...
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SD Sees Increase in People Living in Poverty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Census Bureau estimates show that South Dakota was one of 15 states that saw increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2012 and 2013. Bureau figures show that more than 115,400 people in South Dakota were living below the poverty line in 2013, ors 14.2 percent...
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Prosecution Wraps Up Its Case This Morning in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A handful of people took the witness stand this morning for the prosecution in the trial of a Pierre 18-year-old. Braiden McCahren is charged with murder and other charges for shooting a 16-year-old classmate in December of 2012. The fatal shooting of Dalton Williams happened in McCahren’s home and...
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New Ads Criticize Former Governor Rounds Over EB-5

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A national group is spending $200,000 for political ads criticizing the way former Gov. Mike Rounds handled South Dakota’s immigrant investor program. The Argus Leader reports Every Voice Action unveiled an ad campaign Thursday that alleges Rounds sold citizenship to wealthy immigrants for a profit. The commercials condemning his...
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Native Americans Getting Final Settlement Payments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans across the nation have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S. history. Checks ranging from $869 to nearly $10 million were sent beginning Monday to more than 493,000 people by the administrators of the...
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Jackson County Sued Over Indian Voting Issue

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A group representing four members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a federal lawsuit against Jackson County, claiming it doesn’t give equal voting access to Native American voters. Part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located in the county. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed...
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Economy Remains Slow in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests economic growth in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday that crop prices are significantly lower than last year, and that’s a drag on the economy...
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Jury in McCahren Trial Completes Second Day of Taking in Testimony and Evidence

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A forensic scientist with South Dakota’s Division of Criminal Investigation was one of those to testify today in the trial of a Pierre 18-year-old charged with murder. The DCI’s Frans Maritz was on the witness stand for over an hour this afternoon as one of the prosecution witnesses in...
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