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SD House Stops Two Bills on Amending US Constitution

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has defeated two measures regarding the state’s participation in a convention to amend the U.S. constitution. An initiative to call a convention to propose an amendment requiring a federal balanced budget was rejected on a 28-42 vote. Supporters say the resolution is a way to address...
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Pierre School Board Approves Plans for New Elementary Building

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board viewed the plans for the district’s new elementary school at Monday’s monthly meeting. Architect Jeff Hazard of Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls went over drawings and various details of the new building during a presentation before the board. Hazard said the building will be...
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State Veterinarian Says Atlas’ Livestock Toll Over 40,000 Based on Rancher Relief Fund Reports

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s State Veterinarian says livestock death losses from last October’s Winter Storm “Atlas” could exceed 43,000. Dr. Dustin Oedekoven’s office with the Animal Industry Board received voluntary reports of about 22,000 head of livestock that died in the storm, while the Rancher Relief Fund’s tally through requests for...
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South Dakota Public Libraries Receive Accreditation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eleven South Dakota public libraries were honored at a recent ceremony for being accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Of the eleven facilities receiving accreditation last year, area libraries include the Faith Public/School...
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South Dakota Dispatchers Graduate from Basic 9-1-1 Certification

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) 14 dispatchers from across the state graduated from the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy last Friday.  Two Central South Dakota Communications Center staff members-Tish Nickelson and John Waggoner-were among the graduates.  All graduates of the Basic 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Certification Program must complete a two week program.  The certification...
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Panel OKs Allowing Concealed Guns in SD Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Transportation Committee has voted 8-5 to support a bill allowing people with concealed carry permits to bring firearms in the state Capitol building. The same committee voted 10-3 to kill another bill that would have allowed those with permits to keep guns in their parked cars,...
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Bosworth Raises $315K in 4Q But Debt Exceeds Cash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s latest Federal Election Commission filing shows she had nearly $250,000 cash on hand at the end of the year but owed $255,000 in debt, mostly to direct mail companies. FEC documents posted Tuesday show that the Sioux Falls physician took in just more than...
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SD Panel Approves Making Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, the only state without felony penalties for serious animal abuse. Similar bills have failed in past years. But this year’s bill was written with input from livestock producers and animal welfare...
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SD Panel Approves Child Sex Abuse Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved a bill to establish a task force that would study the impact of child sexual abuse. The group would be named Jolene’s Law Task Force after Jolene Loetscher of Sioux Falls, a victim of sexual assault as a child. Members would meet...
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Deadwood Liquor Sales Bill Upsets Saloon Owners

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town’s downtown. The bill that passed the House on a 36-33...
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