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Lawmakers Consider Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee is considering a bill that would require state officials to develop testing procedures that would determine whether people applying for welfare programs are using illegal drugs. The bill would require the state Department of Social Services to develop a procedure to screen people for drug...
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SD House Urges Hearings on Development Agency

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a resolution calling for a legislative committee to conduct hearings into the operations of the state’s economic development agency. Representatives voted 51-18 for the measure, which next goes to the Senate. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee will hold hearings after several reviews...
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SD Senate: Local Governments Can’t Ban Dog Breeds

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would forbid local governments from banning specific breeds of dogs has passed the South Dakota Senate by a narrow margin. Senators voted 19-16 on Tuesday to advance the measure to the state’s House. Supporters argue that the breed of a dog does not indicate its risk to...
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PFD Called to Car Fire at Pierre Intersection This Afternoon

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre firefighters helped put out a fire in the engine compartment of a vehicle at a Pierre intersection during the noon hour.  Pierre Fire Department First Assistant Chief Leon Ellis says the crews were called to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Poplar and Prospect Avenues about 12:15...
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Three Receive Non-Life Threatening Injuries in Late Morning Collision in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A two vehicle accident near the Pierre side of the Waldron Bridge this morning resulted in three people being transported to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says the accident was reported about 10:50 a.m. this morning and involved two vehicles.  One vehicle-a 2008 Chevrolet Impala-was...
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SD Senate Moves to Discard “Squaw,” Keep “Negro”

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill banning the word “squaw” and allowing the word “Negro” in the state’s place names. Legislators approved the measure Tuesday. The Legislature previously ruled that both terms should be removed from all names of South Dakota’s creeks, lakes, buttes and other geographic...
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US Senate Candidate Wants to Open Medicare to All

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says Medicare is efficient and well-liked by people 65 and older, and he’d like to open the government-run program to all Americans. The sole Democrat running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson says his Medicare Choice Act proposal would offer...
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Broad Coalition Backs Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – An unusual coalition of lawmakers from both parties, labor and business leaders, veterans groups and Canada’s ambassador to the United States have joined forces to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Speakers at a Capitol news conference Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to approve the pipeline following...
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Monday Brings First Day on the Job for Pierre’s New Fire Chief

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday brought the first full day on the job for Pierre’s new Fire Chief-Ian Paul. Paul had just started his seventh year as the department’s Deputy Chief and has been with the PFD for 14 years. He was selected to be the new Chief for the department following the departure...
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State Veterinarian and State Climatologist to be Featured Guests Monday on SD Perspective

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday brings South Dakota Perspective to affiliate stations of the Dakota News Network.  Join us Monday afternoon as our guests this month will be Dr. Dustin Oedekoven-South Dakota State Veterinarian from 2:05 to 2:30; and for the second half-hour, we’ll be joined by Dr. Dennis Todey-State Climatologist for South...
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