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Dakotas Lawmakers: Barrier to Keystone XL Pipeline Removed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of Congress from the Dakotas say President Barack Obama has lost a reason to veto a measure authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline after Nebraska’s Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed pipeline route. The decision upholds a 2012 law that allowed the governor to empower Canada-based TransCanada...
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Thune Officially Designated Senate Committee Chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune has been named chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senate chose Thune on Thursday to lead the committee, where he had previously served as the ranking Republican member when Democrats controlled the chamber. Expected to receive the post, Thune says he’s...
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South Dakota Lawmaker Wants to Give Parolees Right to Vote

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker wants to introduce legislation that would allow felons to vote as soon as they’re released from prison. Sen. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City says he plans to push for the bill this legislative session. He says felons should have the opportunity to be good citizens by...
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Extreme Cold in the Dakotas to Linger Into Next Week

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A few schools in the Dakotas are starting classes late in the aftermath of a storm that created blizzard conditions in many areas. Residents of the two states also are once again dealing with extreme cold. The National Weather Service has posted advisories for most areas, with wind chills dropping...
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