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SD Panel Approves Child Sex Abuse Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved a bill to establish a task force that would study the impact of child sexual abuse. The group would be named Jolene’s Law Task Force after Jolene Loetscher of Sioux Falls, a victim of sexual assault as a child. Members would meet...
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Alcoholic Beverage

Deadwood Liquor Sales Bill Upsets Saloon Owners

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town’s downtown. The bill that passed the House on a 36-33...
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SD Lawmakers Look to Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota is getting its first hearing in the state Legislature. Similar bills have failed in past years. But this year’s bill was written with input from livestock producers and animal welfare groups. South Dakota law currently makes inhumane treatment...
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US Department of Justice

Dupree Man Sentenced For Child Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. — (US DOJ) United ¬†States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on February 10, 2014, by U.S. District Court Judge Roberto A. Lange. Allen White, a/k/a AJ White, age 25, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, 18...
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