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SD Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Student Data

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House passed a bill Monday to protect the privacy of student data. It received unanimous support through the Senate and committee process. The state Education Secretary said last Friday that the measure will put into law what the department already does. The debate around the Common Core...
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Obama Says Shutdown Cost National Parks at Least $414M

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic...
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PFD Responds to Two Fires Sunday Evening

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department was called to a residence Sunday to the report that a fire was burning in an oven.  The Department’s Cory Hoffrogge says firefighters were alerted about 6:45 p.m. yesterday that a fire was burning in the appliance in one of the units at an apartment...
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Special Olympics SD State Basketball Tournament Coming to Pierre Soon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre will host the Special Olympics SD State Basketball Tournament-March 14 and 15. Communities throughout the state bid to host the State Games on three year cycles. Pierre will be location for the 2014-2016 tournaments. Chuck Quinn of Oahe Inc. is helping coordinate the tournament and says the upcoming...
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AG’s Consumer Protection Division Participating in NCPW Through March 8

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Attorney General Marty Jackley’s Consumer Protection Division is joining with other agencies and organizations in noting the 16th annual National Consumer Protection Week this week.  NCPW is a campaign to encourage consumers across the country to take advantage of their consumer rights and make better informed decisions.  Jackley says...
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Legislative Panel Endorses Broadening Domestic Abuse Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has approved a measure that would expand the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover dating couples who don’t live together. Current law defines domestic abuse as harm or the fear of harm committed by family or household members against spouses, former spouses, some relatives, people...
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SD Committee Deadlocks on Sex-Selection Abortion Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota bill to ban sex-selective abortions will remain in committee after a 3-3 vote. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee’s action will allow the bill’s sponsors to address concerns. The bill would make abortions based on the fetus’ gender illegal. Physicians who perform such an abortion could...
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SD Panel Looks at Broadening Domestic Abuse Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is to hold a hearing on a measure that would expand the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover dating couples who don’t live together. Current state law defines domestic abuse as harm or the fear of harm committed by family or household members against spouses,...
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Midwest Economic Survey Index Drops Slightly

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dropped slightly but still suggests growth over the next three to six months. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall...
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City of Pierre Updates Snow Removal Information

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Here is an update from the City of Pierre: City snow removal crews finished up the Sunday removal operations around 1PM today. The sanding and salt trucks will be out at 6AM Monday to get the steep grades, the Truck Route, school zones and critical intersections. The public is...
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