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SD Committee Backs Dog Use in Mountain Lion Hunts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure that would allow hunters to use dogs to hunt mountain lions outside the Black Hills. Current law leaves it up to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission to decide whether hounds can be used to hunt mountain lions, and the...
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SD Lawmakers Say Bill on Clergy Rights Not Needed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected a measure that would have allowed clergy and religious organizations to refuse to take part in gay marriage services. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to kill the bill after opponents said the state and federal constitutions already let pastors and priests refuse...
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Gant, Group Reach Deal on Early Voting Centers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant and a group advocating for Native American voting rights have reached an agreement on satellite early voting centers. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that Gant and representatives of the nonprofit group Four Directions have agreed on a framework to fund early voting centers...
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SD Bill Lets Clergy Refuse to Perform Gay Marriage

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow clergy and religious organizations to refuse to take part in gay marriage services. The South Dakota Constitution and state laws already ban gay marriage. But sponsors say they proposed the measure because courts might overturn the ban, just as they...
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SD House Votes ‘No’ on Common Core Rewind

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A slim majority of the South Dakota House rejected a resolution to halt expansion of the Common Core State Standards. Thirty-five representatives voted Wednesday against the bill and 31 supported it. A few dozen constituents interested in the Common Core debate attended the session, including many supporters of the resolution...
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Propane Shortages Prompting State Officials to Act

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Supply problems in several states where propane is a crucial heating source have prompted governors and other officials to take action against vendors, investigate claims of price gouging and increase aid to low-income customers. The propane drain coincides with extreme cold temperatures in several Midwestern and Southern states where residents...
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SD Indian Case Against Social Services Can Proceed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A lawsuit from two tribes accusing South Dakota of routinely violating the federal law governing foster care and adoptions for American Indian children can proceed as a class-action case. According to court documents, a Rapid City judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss the lawsuit and ruled that parts of...
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Wismer to Start Gubernatorial Campaign Following Session and Tax Season

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A South Dakota lawmaker who announced yesterday that she intends to run for the Governor’s Office says she plans to base her upcoming campaign on priorities. Representative Susan Wismer, a Britton Democrat held a press conference at the Capitol building Tuesday. She said the state needs a Governor who stands...
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Pierre Area Chamber’s Activities Roundup to be Held Thursday, February 6 at YMCA

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Family YMCA will be the location next week for an “Activities Roundup”, which will be sponsored by the Sports and Recreation Committee of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  Lois Ries of the Pierre Convention and Visitors Bureau says activities represented will be for people of all...
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SD Voters Could Decide Adding Games in Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to add some games. The State Affairs Committee voted 10-1 for a measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot. Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and...
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