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SD Sees Increase in People Living in Poverty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Census Bureau estimates show that South Dakota was one of 15 states that saw increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2012 and 2013. Bureau figures show that more than 115,400 people in South Dakota were living below the poverty line in 2013, ors 14.2 percent...
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Prosecution Wraps Up Its Case This Morning in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A handful of people took the witness stand this morning for the prosecution in the trial of a Pierre 18-year-old. Braiden McCahren is charged with murder and other charges for shooting a 16-year-old classmate in December of 2012. The fatal shooting of Dalton Williams happened in McCahren’s home and...
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New Ads Criticize Former Governor Rounds Over EB-5

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A national group is spending $200,000 for political ads criticizing the way former Gov. Mike Rounds handled South Dakota’s immigrant investor program. The Argus Leader reports Every Voice Action unveiled an ad campaign Thursday that alleges Rounds sold citizenship to wealthy immigrants for a profit. The commercials condemning his...
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Native Americans Getting Final Settlement Payments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans across the nation have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S. history. Checks ranging from $869 to nearly $10 million were sent beginning Monday to more than 493,000 people by the administrators of the...
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Jackson County Sued Over Indian Voting Issue

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A group representing four members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a federal lawsuit against Jackson County, claiming it doesn’t give equal voting access to Native American voters. Part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located in the county. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed...
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Economy Remains Slow in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests economic growth in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday that crop prices are significantly lower than last year, and that’s a drag on the economy...
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Jury in McCahren Trial Completes Second Day of Taking in Testimony and Evidence

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A forensic scientist with South Dakota’s Division of Criminal Investigation was one of those to testify today in the trial of a Pierre 18-year-old charged with murder. The DCI’s Frans Maritz was on the witness stand for over an hour this afternoon as one of the prosecution witnesses in...
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Jury in McCahren Trial Begins Second Day of Hearing Case

WINNER,  S.D. – (DRG News) Jurors in the murder trial for a Pierre teen are into the second day of testimony at the Tripp County Courthouse in Winner. 18-year-old Braiden McCahren of Pierre faces murder and other charges for the December 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Dalton Williams at McCahren’s home. A third teen was...
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SD Climbs on Ranking for Human Trafficking Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has climbed from the bottom of an advocacy group’s annual state-by-state ranking that analyzes how forced prostitution and slave labor cases are handled. The Argus Leader reports the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project says South Dakota earned credit this year for new laws that give police the authority to...
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Absentee Voting for General Election Opens Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota. Residents can obtain an absentee ballot application online or in person at their county courthouses. Secretary of State Jason Gant says the county auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return....
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