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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December. The survey indexes range from 0 to...
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SD Senator Gives Up on Health Care Regulation Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota senator has asked a committee to defeat a bill he drafted to regulate the “navigators” who help sign up people for insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. Sen. Al Novstrup says he talked to stake holders and could not find a compromise. The bill would have...
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SD Panel Kills Bill Easing Video Lottery Reliance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill intended to wean South Dakota government off video lottery revenue has failed to pass the House Taxation Committee. The panel voted 9-4 to kill the measure. It would essentially have created an endowment fund for the state over the next 10 to 20 years. Supporters of the measure...
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SD Lawmaker’s Food Sales Tax Bill Fails Again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A retiring South Dakota legislator has lost an eight-year fight for a measure to remove the sales tax on food. The House Taxation Committee voted 9-4 to kill the bill. Democratic Rep. Marc Feinstein of Sioux Falls says he’s worked to remove the sales tax on food during all four...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Abortion Ban for Down Syndrome

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has rejected a measure that would have prohibited abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The House Health and Human Services Committee rejected the bill after lawmakers said it could jeopardize the state’s legal defense of other abortion restrictions passed in...
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Update on Wells Avenue Water Main Break

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre says that a watermain break reported near the intersection of Wells and Harrison Avenues appears to be on the south side of Wells-just west of Fresh Start at the Car Wash.  Lynn Patton with the City of Pierre says the Car Wash and the Laundromat...
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Rooted in History & Diverse Culture, Sitting Bull College Breaks Stereotypes, Offers Accessible Nursing Opportunities

FORT YATES, N.D.. — (DRG News)  Many tribal colleges across North America are often characterized by stereotypes, but upon arrival at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota, the only clue suggesting the campus is a tribal college, is its name. Located 70 miles south of Bismarck, Sitting Bull College is rooted in...
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Water Main Break Occurs at Busy Pierre Intersection

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) From the City of Pierre: The Water Department has shut down the water supply in the area of Harrison and Wells Avenues due to a break in a water main.  The area this leak is located in consists mainly of concrete surfacing.  This, along with the depth of frost will...
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SD Bill Would Ban Abortions for Down Syndrome

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is looking at a measure that would prohibit abortions sought because a fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The bill would make it a misdemeanor for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion if a woman is seeking to end a pregnancy because...
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Country Group Alabama to Headline SD State Fair

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Fair has announced that country music group Alabama will be part of its Grandstand Line-Up. The group will perform Aug. 29. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 16 and cost $40 and $45. The band’s popularity took off in the 1980s. The state...
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