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Panel Debates Extending SD Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a proposal that would lengthen term limits for members of the state Legislature. A Senate or House member currently can serve no more than eight consecutive years, or four two-year terms, in a chamber. A proposed constitutional amendment would extend term limits to 12 consecutive...
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South Dakota House Votes Against Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota public officials will not be allowed to carry guns in the state Capitol. A bill allowing legislators to pack heat in public buildings failed to pass the House with 49 representatives voting against it and 18 in support. It would have applied to state and local elected officials...
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SD Discovery Center Hosts Elks Lodge Aviation Day Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center in Pierre was a busy place yesterday afternoon as it was the location for an “Aviation Day” for local youth. The event was organized by Pierre Elks Lodge #1953. Elks Project Chairman Steve Wegman says the afternoon drew a great crowd of youngsters from...
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USDA Rural Development State Director Discusses Agency’s Benefits for Rural SD

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The State Director for USDA Rural Development in South Dakota says the agency works throughout the year to improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Elsie Meeks was in Pierre earlier this month for a conference to highlight how Rural Development has assisted rural water projects in the...
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Scammer Contacting Pierre Residents on Utility Issue

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Police Department says some people in Pierre have been the target of a phone scam.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says city hall is reporting that businesses and homeowners are being contacted by someone who says the business or resident’s utility bill hasn’t been paid.  Blemaster says it’s...
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Robinson in Pierre Today and Tomorrow as Part of Campaign Launch for U.S. House Seat

UNDATED – (DRG News) A Rapid City woman has begun a tour across the state to announce her campaign for U.S. House for South Dakota. Democrat Corinna Robinson will challenge Republican Representative Kristi Noem. A schedule indicates that Robinson has had stops this week to launch her campaign in Hot Springs, Mitchell and Sioux...
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Potential Reservation Gas Crisis Appears to Ease

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Warmer weather has apparently helped ease a potential propane crisis on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. With propane gas in short supply and increasingly expensive, the tribe this week set up shelters in two communities for people who can’t afford to heat their homes. The Red Cross...
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Reports Fault Some Procedure in Development Office

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Reports by two accounting firms have found flaws in some procedures used by South Dakota’s economic development agency. But the reviews identified no misconduct beyond the incidents that prompted the reviews. Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered the reviews after finding out about misconduct that allegedly occurred in the Governor’s Office of...
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SD Committee Backs Dog Use in Mountain Lion Hunts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure that would allow hunters to use dogs to hunt mountain lions outside the Black Hills. Current law leaves it up to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission to decide whether hounds can be used to hunt mountain lions, and the...
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SD Lawmakers Say Bill on Clergy Rights Not Needed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee has rejected a measure that would have allowed clergy and religious organizations to refuse to take part in gay marriage services. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to kill the bill after opponents said the state and federal constitutions already let pastors and priests refuse...
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