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Former SD Official’s Death Ruled Suicide by AG’s Office

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The state attorney general says former South Dakota economic development director Richard Benda died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Benda was found Oct. 22 in a grove of trees near Lake Andes, in southeast South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the autopsy results Thursday. He...
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South Dakota’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.7%

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s labor department says the state’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent from September to October during the partial federal government shutdown. The number of South Dakotans in the labor force also remained unchanged at 449,400 over the month but was 6,100 more than last October. The agency says...
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US Forest Service Launches Apps for Apple, Android

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trekking through the nation’s national forests and grasslands just got easier. U.S. Forest Service visitor maps are now available on mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. The digital maps are part of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s work toward reaching President Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides...
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State Legislator Wants Audit of EB-5 Program in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Democratic state legislator is calling for an independent fiscal audit of South Dakota’s participation through a private corporation in a federal investment-for-green-cards immigration program. Rep. Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, says she tried to put the issue on this week’s legislative Executive Board meeting agenda, but her...
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