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SD Guard Sends 549 Employees Home in Shutdown

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – About 549 full-time employees of the South Dakota National Guard have been furloughed because of the federal government shutdown. Guard spokesman Maj. Anthony Deiss says the South Dakota Guard has about 974 full-time employees, and 372 will remain on duty during the shutdown. Deiss says the temporary layoffs will hurt...
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SD Plan Could Cut Unemployment Insurance Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has decided to propose legislation that would lower employers’ taxes for unemployment insurance beginning in January of 2015. The Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council’s recommendation will go Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the 2014 Legislature. The proposal would set the taxable wage base at $14,000, changing an existing...
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Man Must Repay for Burning Church on Standing Rock

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Cannonball man must pay back the cost of a church he set fire to on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Nineteen-year-old Phoenix Martinez pleaded guilty to arson in June for torching the St. James Episcopal Church in the North Dakota town of Cannonball in July 2012. The church was...
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SD Improves in List Where Deer Crashes Likely

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – South Dakota has improved its ranking in states where drivers are likely to collide with a deer – falling from third to fourth on the list. State Farm uses claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration for its ranking. It says the probability of a...
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