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18 Sentenced in South Dakota Wildlife Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting operation in southern South Dakota’s Todd County. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says it’s one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and state...
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South Dakota House Passes Texting Ban on to Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a statewide texting ban. Legislators have voted 53-17 in support of the measure. It would allow law enforcement to charge texting drivers a $25 fine if they’ve been pulled over for another violation. The bill also includes funding for a public information campaign. Supporters...
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SD House Nixes Measure to Allow Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits to bring guns into the capitol. The bill has failed to move on to the Senate by a 33-34 vote. It needed 36 votes to pass. A slim majority of the House passed an amendment...
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SD Senate Kills Proposed Pay Raise for Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a proposal to give state lawmakers a pay raise. Senators voted 18-15 for the measure. But it needed a two-thirds majority, or 24 votes, to pass. Lawmakers get a salary of $6,000 a year now. The bill would have boosted that to $10,000, beginning...
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Budget Committee Discusses School Aid Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A plan to give extra state financial aid to school districts is getting a hearing from a South Dakota legislative panel that will consider whether the state can afford to spend the additional money. The bill would boost state aid to schools by more than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended,...
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SD Health Care Sign-Ups Reach More Than 5,000

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – More than 5,000 South Dakota residents signed up for private health insurance during the first four months of the nation’s federally run online marketplace. A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday said 5,077 South Dakotans selected plans through the new marketplace from Oct....
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Demolition to Start Soon for Old K-2 Elementary Building in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Demolition on the former Stanley County K-2 Elementary Building will officially get underway soon. Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says Sharpe Enterprises, which constructed the new elementary structure, has the contract to demolish the old building. School officials met with the company yesterday to go over the demolition...
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Filmmaker Raising Funds for Documentary on Life of Rodeo Great Casey Tibbs

A filmmaker who is putting together a feature on the life of rodeo great and Fort Pierre area native Casey Tibbs is trying to raise $100,000 for the documentary. Justin Koehler, a former South Dakotan who now lives in Colorado, has begun a Kickstarter campaign on-line and has set April 6 as the deadline...
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AAA South Dakota Says Gas Prices on the Rise

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s average price for regular self-serve gasoline rose to $3.22 yesterday, which is up five cents from one week ago and rates at the highest it has been since last November.  AAA South Dakota’s Fuel Gauge Report shows Pierre’s average price Tuesday was $3.30, compared to $3.26...
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Capitol Open Sunday for Photos for King of Hearts Participants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Bureau of Administration reminds local parents and high school students that the Capitol building will be open on Sunday, prior to the King of Hearts Dance, for those wanting to take photos within the building.  Mike Mueller says dance attendees and their families are being asked to use...
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