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Committee Approves Plan to Bar Female Genital Mutilation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state House committee has approved a proposal that would ban female genital mutilation in South Dakota. The House Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday unanimously passed the measure to make it a felony to perform such procedures in the state. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she’s offering the...
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Judge Issues Decision in Vehicular Homicide Case

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A Lake Andes man accused of driving drunk and killing two federal wildlife researchers has been convicted of vehicular homicide but not the more serious charge of manslaughter. Thirty-year-old Ronald Fischer Jr. could face more than 30 years in prison, but he could have faced life in prison had...
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Mission Man Convicted in Shooting Sentenced to Prison

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mission man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for a shooting that wounded another person. Authorities say 29-year-old Vernon Schmidt Jr. pointed a handgun at a person and waved it around during an argument in May 2014. The gun went off, hitting the other person...
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Committee to Hear Bill to Require Paid Employee Sick Leave

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel is set to consider a measure to require South Dakota businesses to offer employees paid sick leave. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee on Thursday is expected to review the proposal. It would allow employees to accrue an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours...
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