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GOP Leaders Open to Partial Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican leaders in the South Dakota Legislature say they hope federal officials will grant the state a waiver allowing expansion of the Medicaid program to provide medical services only to those people most in need. Senate Republican Leader Tim Rave, of Baltic, says he doubts the Legislature would expand Medicaid...
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South Dakota Sees Most Syphilis Cases in 44 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Department of Health officials say the number of syphilis cases reported last year was the most in 44 years. An annual summary of infectious diseases in the state shows that 48 syphilis cases were reported in 2013. The most reports of the sexually transmitted disease were in...
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Construction of Pulse Plant on Hold for Winter

HARROLD, S.D. (AP) – Organizers say construction is behind schedule for a plant near the central South Dakota town of Harrold that will process pulse crops such as lentils, field peas and chickpeas. The 11,000-square-foot, $4.5 million South Dakota Pulse Processors plant was expected to start operations in the spring. The Pierre Capitol Journal...
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SD Meth Cases on the Rise; Agents Spread Thin

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The number of methamphetamine cases is the rise across South Dakota. The Aberdeen American News reports that there were 1,229 meth-related arrests in 45 counties last year compared to 669 in 36 counties in 2012. Data show there were 402 arrests in 30 counties in 2011. Attorney General Marty Jackley...
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SD Lawmaker Will Try to Ban Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker says he will make another attempt to ban texting while driving. Sen. Mike Vehle of Mitchell says he is still working on details of the bill, which will be introduced soon in the South Dakota Legislature. A similar bill sponsored by Vehle was passed by the...
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Funding for Missouri River Study Again Stripped

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Federal officials are barred from spending money on a Missouri River environmental study for a third straight year under a newly signed $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer introduced the amendment that would prohibit funding for the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan amid concerns that environmental...
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Bar Backs Custody Bill; Group Says It Falls Short

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s lawyers are supporting legislation to establish child custody guidelines for judges to follow in divorce cases, but a group advocating for a shared parenting law says it doesn’t go far enough. South Dakota Bar Association Executive Director Tom Barnett says the bill would eliminate inconsistent orders where...
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SD Attorney General Warns of Tax Scams

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says people should beware of identity theft scams that target taxpayers. Jackley says as the deadline for filing federal income tax returns nears, people will receive emails or text messages claiming to be from Internal Revenue Service officials. The attorney general says the scam...
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Kerry: No Rush to Decide on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State John Kerry says he won’t be pushed into making a decision on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, despite pressure from Canada and other pipeline supporters for quick action. At a joint appearance Friday with Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Kerry said he has not received a crucial environmental report...
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SD Lawmakers Endorse Insurance Regulation Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a package of proposals aimed at improving state regulation of insurance companies and protecting the companies’ customers. The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Friday to send four bills to the full House for further debate. The proposals were drafted after reports that an...
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