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Jackson County Sued Over Indian Voting Issue

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A group representing four members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe has filed a federal lawsuit against Jackson County, claiming it doesn’t give equal voting access to Native American voters. Part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is located in the county. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed...
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Economy Remains Slow in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey suggests economic growth in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday that crop prices are significantly lower than last year, and that’s a drag on the economy...
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Jury in McCahren Trial Completes Second Day of Taking in Testimony and Evidence

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A forensic scientist with South Dakota’s Division of Criminal Investigation was one of those to testify today in the trial of a Pierre 18-year-old charged with murder. The DCI’s Frans Maritz was on the witness stand for over an hour this afternoon as one of the prosecution witnesses in...
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Jury in McCahren Trial Begins Second Day of Hearing Case

WINNER,  S.D. – (DRG News) Jurors in the murder trial for a Pierre teen are into the second day of testimony at the Tripp County Courthouse in Winner. 18-year-old Braiden McCahren of Pierre faces murder and other charges for the December 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Dalton Williams at McCahren’s home. A third teen was...
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SD Climbs on Ranking for Human Trafficking Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has climbed from the bottom of an advocacy group’s annual state-by-state ranking that analyzes how forced prostitution and slave labor cases are handled. The Argus Leader reports the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project says South Dakota earned credit this year for new laws that give police the authority to...
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Absentee Voting for General Election Opens Friday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election opens Friday in South Dakota. Residents can obtain an absentee ballot application online or in person at their county courthouses. Secretary of State Jason Gant says the county auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return....
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First Day of McCahren Trial Features Testimony from Shooting Witness and Others

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brought opening statements and the questioning of six witnesses in the trial for Braiden McCahren of Pierre taking place in Winner.  The trial for the 18-year-old charged with murder and other counts is being heard by 12 jurors and two alternates-made up of five men and nine women....
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Essential Air Service Proposals Sought for Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The federal government is seeking proposals from airlines to see what it would cost to provide subsidized service in Pierre. The Transportation Department wants proposals from carriers who could fly between Pierre and a major hub such as Minneapolis or Denver through the Essential Air Service program. The deadline is...
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Superintendents Say Teaching Positions Remain Open

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A new survey of school superintendents shows that more than 20 percent of school districts in South Dakota had at least one teaching position open on the first day of school. The School Administrators of South Dakota has released the follow-up results of a survey it conducted of superintendents in...
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Rounds Says He Didn’t Know Details of EB-5 Revamp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he was aware in 2007 that a state investment-for-green card program was being privatized but he wasn’t aware of specifics. Rounds tells the Argus Leader he wasn’t aware that EB-5 investment program leader Joop Bollen had founded the private company that two...
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