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Gas Leak Reported After Small Line Cut in Fort Pierre Thursday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A gas leak in a small line along Creager Court in Fort Pierre resulted in a call to the Fort Pierre Fire Department Thursday. A contractor was digging yesterday afternoon when a one inch line was cut and gas began escaping from the line. The immediate area near the...
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SD Man Accused of Forgery, Escaping Jail Arrested

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of forging a check, breaking into a post office and escaping from the county jail has been arrested. The Daily Republic reports that 18-year-old James Shortbear is back in custody. The newspaper reports records show that the Chamberlain man tried to cash a check originally...
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SD Federal Court Ranks Among Most Productive in US

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota has been ranked second in the nation for the number of federal criminal jury trials handled by district judges in active status. The Administrative Office of the United State Courts recently released the productivity and trial statistics for fiscal year 2013. The statistics factor the work of...
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Panel Rejects Prenatal Care for Non Citizens and Other Budget Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A plan to provide prenatal care to pregnant women who are not U.S. citizens was rejected Thursday by the South Dakota Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee. A separate bill that sought to provide health care for low-income women who are in the country illegally or on visas was killed last week...
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SD Legislature Works to Pass State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are working to pass a budget and take care of other last-minute details as the main run of this year’s legislative session comes to a close. The Joint Appropriations Committee planned to finish work on the $4.3 billion state budget Friday so the House and Senate could...
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SD Legislature Approves Texting While Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – After years of debate on the issue, the South Dakota Legislature has finally approved a statewide ban on texting while driving. The state House voted 52-18 in favor of the measure on Thursday, while senators approved it by a 28-7 vote. The measure makes texting behind the wheel a petty...
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2014 Think and Drive-Stay Alive Coming to Riggs Theater and Dakota Radio Group Stations Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join Pierre based stations of the Dakota Radio Group on Tuesday as we bring another broadcast of Think and Drive Stay Alive.  Once again, we’ll present the program before students from Riggs High School Theater.  The Dakota Radio Group has featured a number of different guests through Think and...
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Boys and Girls Club Continues Giveaways Through Great Futures Mega Raffle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Another drawing was held yesterday as part of the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Great Futures Mega Raffle. Three finalists were chosen Wednesday morning for the March drawing. They were Rob Anderson, Jill Schmitz and Tom Smith. During a drawing among the trio yesterday at Wegner...
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Pierre School Board Gets Update on Pierre Students Served Through Dental Dental’s Dakota Smiles Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s been ten years since Delta Dental of South Dakota started its outreach program “Dakota Smiles”. The organization now has two mobile dental service trucks, the Care Mobile and Smile Mobile, traveling the state to deliver dental treatment. Carrie Mikkonen, who serves as the Program Manager for Dakota Smiles...
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Parties Split on Changes to Building SD Fund

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A special committee in the South Dakota Legislature has passed changes to Building South Dakota’s funding formula with Republican support only. The committee included leaders from both chambers. Building South Dakota was established last year to boost the economy with grants to education, infrastructure and housing projects. It received a...
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