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Midwest Economic Index Hits Another 3-year High

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up to hit another three-year high, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. A report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.5 in May from 60.4 in April, which...
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SD Board Interviews Legislative Agency Candidates

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s Executive Board is interviewing candidates for the leader of a group that supports state lawmakers by drafting bills and estimating the financial impact of legislation. The board is interviewing five candidates Monday and Tuesday to identify the future director of the Legislative Research Council. The position...
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Gant Predicts 50 Percent Turnout for Primary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant predicts a slightly above average turnout at the polls for the June 3 primary election. He expects about 40 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats to vote. He says interest in the candidates is the biggest driver on election days. A...
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PFD Called to Site of Tipped Propane Truck Near Pierre Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local firefighters responded Saturday to a location near Pierre’s outskirts where a semi-truck hauling propane had tipped on its side. Responders were notified just before 10:00 a.m. Saturday that assistance was needed at the site-near Gale’s Gas. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper John Peary says the fully loaded semi...
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Making a Difference for Tuberous Sclerosis

MOBRIDGE, S.D. – Ten year old Nehemiah Bauer was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a disorder that affects the skin, brain/nervous system, kidneys, and heart, and causes tumors to grow. Recently, we spoke with his mother Alana about her recent fundraising campaign in which she sold unique one-of-a-kind Team Nehemiah t-shirts with all the proceeds...
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Candidates Make Final Push Ahead of Primary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A former governor, two state lawmakers and two political newcomers are making their final pitches to South Dakota voters as they vie for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Former Gov. Mike Rounds, state Sen. Larry Rhoden, state Rep. Stace...
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November Ballot Measure Explanations Posted

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakotans won’t vote on any ballot questions in Tuesday’s primary but will decide three measures in the November general election. Attorney General Marty Jackley has released the explanations of those issues and they’re posted on Secretary of State Jason Gant’s website at sdsos.gov. Initiated Measure 17 would require health...
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Historical Society to Host Music, Design Webcast

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota State Historical Society is hosting a webcast that explores how popular music and design influenced culture and lifestyle between the 1960s and 1980s. The program sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution will be broadcast June 8 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The webcast is part of...
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Chief Justice Says Drug, DUI Courts Experiencing Growth Spurt

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s drug and DUI courts are expanding and new programs are popping up. State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson hopes to see these courts in every city that can support them. The first drug court in the nation launched 25 years ago in Florida. South Dakota’s first such...
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Absentee Ballots in SD Primary Exceed 10,000

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Secretary of State Jason Gant says nearly 10,700 absentee ballots have been cast for South Dakota’s Tuesday primary election. More than 11,800 ballots have been sent out to military personnel, students and residents who will be away from the state during the election. Absentee voting is also available in person...
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