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DOT: Hay Must be Removed from Highway Right of Way

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says all processed hay must be removed from the highway right of way by Monday. Officials say the bales or stacks can be a safety hazard for vehicles forced to leave the road. They say the stacks can also restrict a driver’s sight distance...
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Pierre Man Arrested for Assault and Kidnapping Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Police made an arrest after a report of an assault at a Pierre trailer court. Police Captain Derald Gross says authorities were told that an assault had occurred in the 100 block of the Lake View Trailer Court. An 18-year-old male-Chance Ladeaux of Pierre-was arrested for Aggravated Assault...
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Pierre PD Takes At Least Four Calls of Thefts of Items from Unlocked Vehicles

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department is investigating at least four reports of thefts of items from unlocked vehicles, along with one report of a stolen vehicle. Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says officers were told of thefts from motor vehicles starting about 11:00 p.m. Thursday night and reports continued into...
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Stained Glass Back in the Capitol Building-Project Complete Early

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) All the stained glass panels that were taken from the State Capitol for cleaning and restoration over the past year are now back in place. The stained glass project involved removing panels from the rotunda, the barrel vault above the grand marble staircase and the House and Senate chambers....
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SDDOT: Railroad Crossing Work to Begin Near Cottonwood Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Department of Transportation plans to start a railroad crossing replacement project in Jackson County next week.  The project will begin Monday-weather permitting-and involves a rail crossing on Highway 14-about a mile east of Cottonwood.  The highway will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks.  Traffic will...
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Candidates in District 24 Senate Race Discuss Issues

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Candidates in District 24’s State Senate race are beginning to ratchet up their campaigning before November’s general election.  Democrat Ruth Rehn of Pierre is challenging incumbent State Senator Jeff Monroe of Pierre.  Rehn says she decided to run for the political office after being encouraged by others. Rehn is...
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Wismer Accused of Copying Issues Statements

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic South Dakota governor candidate Susan Wismer says she takes seriously allegations of plagiarism by her campaign and that her staff has “put processes in place” to guard against it. Her statement came after the website BuzzFeed reported that some content about issues on Wismer’s website was similar to...
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Worrisome Weed Could Threaten Upper Midwest Crops

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A weed strong enough to stop combines has been confirmed in South Dakota. That’s raised concerns it could spread and cut deeply into crop production in the Upper Midwest – one of the few areas palmer amaranth hadn’t yet invaded. The threat is so great that officials in North Dakota...
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Officials Report 7 Cases of Rare Children’s Virus

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota health officials are confirming seven cases of a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that affects children. Officials say the cases of enterovirus 68 have been identified west of the Missouri River. The germ is an uncommon strain of a common family...
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AG Says SD Will Get Money from Drug Settlement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota will get a portion from a nationwide settlement with an Irish drugmaker over allegations that the company improperly promoted medications including the attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR.        Attorney General Marty Jackley says Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle the lawsuit brought...
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