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SD House Passes Bill to Regulate Flooded Waters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a measure to regulate the use of public water as it floods private land. Legislators voted 53-6 to pass the bill on to the Senate. A similar bill failed in the Senate last week. The issue has been contentious. Hunters and anglers have pushed...
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SD House Defeats Measure Denouncing Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has defeated a measure that would reject the Common Core standards. The measure would not have had authority to take action against the standards because it was proposed as a resolution, not a bill. Legislators voted 45-24 against it. The resolution says the standards confine the...
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SD House Rejects $1 Fishing License for Elderly

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has narrowly rejected a measure to provide $1 fishing licenses to adults over 85 years old. The bill provoked good-natured jokes and laughter. The sponsor of the bill says her 91-year-old mother fishes every day and could benefit from the bill. She says it would promote...
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Avera St. Mary’s Foundation Pledges $50,000 for Colon Cancer Screenings

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Foundation is implementing a program that is meant to encourage people 50 and older to get a screening colonoscopy.  The foundation announced today that it has pledged up to $50,000 of the funds raised at next month’s “Welcome to the Emerald City” gala to the effort. ...
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Traveling Exhibits Available through SDSHS; Events Planned as Part of 125th Anniversary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) With 2014 marking South Dakota’s 125th anniversary, several events and activities are going to be scheduled to note the Quasquicentennial year. Last week, visitors at the Capitol got the chance to see a pen that was used to sign the proclamation of statehood for South Dakota, along with other historical...
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Wednesday’s Liberty Ball Game to Benefit Kids Voting South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tomorrow brings the annual Kids Voting Liberty Ball Game to Pierre-an event which benefits Kids Voting South Dakota. Kids Voting South Dakota offers civic education lessons for K-12 school districts in South Dakota. Students learn about democracy through classroom lessons and community and family involvement. Kids Voting first came to South...
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More Than 25 Vehicles Ticketed and Towed for Violating Snow Route Declaration in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre lifted an Emergency Snow Route declaration earlier today; after issuing the designation late yesterday afternoon so crews could work to clear snow from the city’s main thoroughfares. Residents were to have all vehicles off snow routes by midnight so that plowing could take place overnight....
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SD Panel Moves to Further Regulate Amusement Rides

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The President of the Thunder Road attractions is behind a bill to further regulate amusement rides in South Dakota. Organization president and Republican Sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen co-sponsored the measure. The South Dakota Commerce Committee voted 6-1 to pass it Tuesday. It already has been approved by the House...
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SD Lawmakers Endorse Waterfowl License Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a plan aimed at ending years of wrangling on nonresident waterfowl hunting licenses. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted to return more control to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing. By an 8-1 vote, the committee approved a measure...
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Regents Name New Academic Affairs Vice President

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents has named a new system vice president for academic affairs. The board on Tuesday announced Paul Turman will lead the system’s academic programs and planning efforts. Turman will succeed Sam Gingerich, who will retire later this year. Turman joined the regents’ staff in 2006....
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