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SD Lawmaker Will Propose Repeal of Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state lawmaker who previously supported the death penalty says he will ask the 2014 South Dakota Legislature to repeal capital punishment. Rep. Steve Hickey of Sioux Falls, who also is a pastor, says he changed his mind on the death penalty after reviewing the Bible. He says he also...
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Water Main Breaks in Pierre Cause Service Outages in Two Neighborhoods Over Past Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A water main break in Pierre Monday resulted in an interruption to service in a western Pierre neighborhood.  City Construction and Operations Manager Lynn Patton says the water main break was reported on Lakewood Drive Monday evening.  More than 25 customers were impacted by the break in the six...
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SDNG Says 152nd CSSB Arrived at Fort Hood, Texas This Morning

RAPID CITY, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota National Guard has announced that the 68 members of the Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion have returned to the U.S.-following service in Afghanistan. Major Anthony Deiss in the Guard’s Public Affairs Office says the soldiers returned to Fort Hood, Texas this morning. Deiss says the...
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DOJ Official Calls ND Meeting an Important Step

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A high-ranking U.S. Department of Justice official says Monday’s tribal nations meeting in North Dakota is an early and important step in protecting Native American and Alaska Native children. U.S. Associate Attorney General Tony West, the department’s third-highest official, is in Bismarck for the first public hearing of a 12-member...
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Co-op Agreement Finalized for Buyback Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of the Interior says it has finalized the first cooperative agreement in a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program stemming from the settlement of a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more than a century’s worth of mismanaged trust royalties. The agreement reached with the Oglala Sioux...
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Chamberlain School Board Votes Against Honor Song

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – The Chamberlain School Board has again rejected a request to include a traditional Lakota honor song in the high school graduation ceremony. The Daily Republic reports the board voted 4-2 against the song Monday night. One board member abstained. The controversy first arose last spring, when the school board rejected...
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SD Attorney General’s Annual Pie Day is Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is hosting the 16th annual Pie Day in the state Capitol in Pierre on Saturday. The annual event includes free pie, cookies, coffee and ice cream. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST and features free entertainment. Pie Day began when...
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2013 Outstanding Farmer Award Given Out Saturday by Pierre Chamber Agri-Interest Committee

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Blunt producer, Jim Finley, was named the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Farmer award over the weekend.  Finley was given the award Saturday during the Pierre Chamber’s annual Ag Banquet.  The Kansas native has been farming in South Dakota for forty years and mostly produces wheat, corn and...
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How to Find Help Paying for Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) If you are looking for assistance to help you pay for your prescriptions, there are several agencies you may want to contact: Start by contacting your local State Social Services Agency. Social Services can provide direct assistance to individuals in distress and referrals to other local organizations that may be...
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ND Tops in Nation in Funding Tobacco Programs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A coalition of public health organizations says North Dakota is tops in the nation in funding programs to prevent children from smoking and to help smokers quit. South Dakota isn’t far from the top. The report says North Dakota spends $9.5 million each year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs,...
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