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McCahren Motion Hearing and Trial Postponed

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today was supposed to be the date for a motion hearing in the case of Braiden McCahren, a 17-year-old Pierre teen charged in the December 2012 shooting death of another teen. McCahren has pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault. Earlier this...
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Two Men Arrested After Saturday Fight in Pierre Neighborhood

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two men were arrested Saturday after Pierre officers responded to a call that two people were fighting at Lakeview Court.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says when police arrived, they found that one man had knocked another to the ground and kicked him in the face and head several...
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Office Upholds AG’s Withholding of Death Records

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Office of Hearing Examiners has upheld his withholding of the public release of investigative records into the death of a former state economic development director. Richard Benda was found dead in October in a grove of trees near Lake Andes with a fatal shotgun...
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Groups Call for Ban on Use of Live Mammals as Bait

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota game officials and representatives from trapping and fur-harvesting organizations are calling for a ban on the use of live mammals as bait. Reports of live animals such as domestic cats being used to bait coyote and bobcat traps prompted the state’s Game, Fish and Parks Commission to...
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Conservative Group Trying to Reshape SD’s GOP

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A conservative grassroots group in Rapid City has pledged to push South Dakota’s Republican Party further right. The Rapid City Journal reports that 22 people associated with the group are challenging Republican incumbents this election that they perceive as too centrist. Bill Napoli is a former Republican state lawmaker...
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Free Admission and Fishing May 17-19 at SD Parks

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – It’s a sure sign that summer’s getting close – free admission to South Dakota parks and fishing areas. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks says its annual open house is next weekend, May 17-19. Anglers can fish without a license anywhere in the state, and entrance fees are waived...
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USDA Says Winter Wheat Crop Forecast for 88 Percent Jump

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s 2014 winter wheat crop is forecast to be up 88 percent from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting the crop based on May 1 conditions to be 49.1 million bushels.  Average yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last...
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Songbird Species Getting Pushed North into Canada

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Baird’s sparrow for years has spent its summers in a mostly Canadian swath that dips into grassland prairies in North Dakota, Montana and far northern South Dakota. But the small songbird could opt for sole Canadian residency in the coming decades. Research from the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS...
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USDA Puts Out Tips on Food Safety During a Midwest Storm Outage

WASHINGTON (AP) – Severe storms can knock out electricity and cause food to spoil, but the U.S. Agriculture Department says there are some ways to cut food waste and guard against illness. The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service put out food safety recommendations for people in the Midwest and Great Plains who get...
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Noem, Thune Criticize EPA Streams, Wetlands Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) – Landlocked South Dakota is again fighting with the federal government about water – this time over whether the Obama administration can regulate streams and smaller bodies of water. Republicans U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and U.S. Sen. John Thune have criticized a proposal that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate...
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