Thune Talks About Visit by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Tuesday

UNDATED – (DRG News) U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was in South Dakota Tuesday to discuss transportation initiatives with state officials and to see firsthand the need for rail repairs. Foxx joined U.S. Senator John Thune and Governor Dennis Daugaard in riding the rails. He traveled some stretches that have been repaired with...
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Appeal Denied in Pierre Taxi Driver Death Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Supreme Court has declined to reduce the sentence of a man serving 261 years for his role in the 1996 shooting death of a Pierre taxi driver. Shawn Springer is now 35 years old. He was 16 at the time of the robbery and killing of cab driver...
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College Board: College Prices Continue to Go Up

WASHINGTON (AP) – Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said today. When adjusted for inflation, students are paying more than triple what students paid 30 years ago to attend a public, four-year institution and about 2.5 times more...
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House, Senate to Vote on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House and Senate will vote in coming days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline in a high-stakes political poker game. The two candidates in the December 6th runoff for a Louisiana Senate seat are both pushing the bills. They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in the Senate and...
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GOAC Committee to Discuss Bollen’s Responses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Lawmakers on a legislative committee in Pierre plan to review information from the man who formerly administered the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-card program in South Dakota. The Government Operations and Audit Committee will review written testimony from Joop Bollen today. Last month, legislators sent Bollen 75 questions and a request for...
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Fire at Capitol Inn Called “Out” But Firefighters Watching for Flare Ups

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities indicate that the fire at the Capitol Inn and Suites is officially out, but the scene of the fire remains secured by law enforcement officers and a small squad of firefighters is still at the site this evening. Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer says most fire units were...
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Illinois Man Hurt Tuesday Morning in Hunting Related Incident Near Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Illinois man was wounded yesterday in what authorities believe was a hunting accident near Pierre. Sergeant Darin Johnson with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office says three men were waterfowl hunting Tuesday morning and one of the three was hurt when he was hit by a shotgun blast. Johnson...
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South Dakota’s New Tribal Relations Secretary Comments on the Job

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) October 28 was the first day on the job for South Dakota’s new tribal relations secretary.  Steve Emery was named to replace former secretary J.R. LaPlante who resigned from the position in April to take a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Sioux Falls.  Emery says he was...
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Two South Dakota Cabinet Secretaries to Retire

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota cabinet secretaries will retire over the next two months. Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth and Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk have announced their scheduled departures from the cabinet of Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Hollingsworth plans to leave her position Dec. 12. She’s led the Department...
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SD Parole Completion Rates Jump Significantly

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say the state’s prison population has remained flat this year and more offenders are completing their parole thanks to landmark public safety reforms passed in 2013. A public safety council tasked with examining the effects of the Public Safety Improvement Act released its findings Tuesday. It shows...
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