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SD House Nixes Measure to Allow Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits to bring guns into the capitol. The bill has failed to move on to the Senate by a 33-34 vote. It needed 36 votes to pass. A slim majority of the House passed an amendment...
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SD Senate Kills Proposed Pay Raise for Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a proposal to give state lawmakers a pay raise. Senators voted 18-15 for the measure. But it needed a two-thirds majority, or 24 votes, to pass. Lawmakers get a salary of $6,000 a year now. The bill would have boosted that to $10,000, beginning...
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Budget Committee Discusses School Aid Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A plan to give extra state financial aid to school districts is getting a hearing from a South Dakota legislative panel that will consider whether the state can afford to spend the additional money. The bill would boost state aid to schools by more than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended,...
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SD Health Care Sign-Ups Reach More Than 5,000

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – More than 5,000 South Dakota residents signed up for private health insurance during the first four months of the nation’s federally run online marketplace. A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday said 5,077 South Dakotans selected plans through the new marketplace from Oct....
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Demolition to Start Soon for Old K-2 Elementary Building in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Demolition on the former Stanley County K-2 Elementary Building will officially get underway soon. Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says Sharpe Enterprises, which constructed the new elementary structure, has the contract to demolish the old building. School officials met with the company yesterday to go over the demolition...
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Filmmaker Raising Funds for Documentary on Life of Rodeo Great Casey Tibbs

A filmmaker who is putting together a feature on the life of rodeo great and Fort Pierre area native Casey Tibbs is trying to raise $100,000 for the documentary. Justin Koehler, a former South Dakotan who now lives in Colorado, has begun a Kickstarter campaign on-line and has set April 6 as the deadline...
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AAA South Dakota Says Gas Prices on the Rise

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s average price for regular self-serve gasoline rose to $3.22 yesterday, which is up five cents from one week ago and rates at the highest it has been since last November.  AAA South Dakota’s Fuel Gauge Report shows Pierre’s average price Tuesday was $3.30, compared to $3.26...
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Capitol Open Sunday for Photos for King of Hearts Participants

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Bureau of Administration reminds local parents and high school students that the Capitol building will be open on Sunday, prior to the King of Hearts Dance, for those wanting to take photos within the building.  Mike Mueller says dance attendees and their families are being asked to use...
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SD Bill Would Ban Abortions for Gender Selection

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has approved a measure that would ban any abortion being sought because of the gender of the fetus. The measure would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion being sought by a woman because the fetus is not the gender she...
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Flu Rate Appears to be Declining in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A flu-related death in South Dakota last week has pushed the season total to 10, though state health officials say the rate of illness appears to be declining in the state. The Rapid City Journal reports that flu activity in the state has been downgraded from widespread to regional....
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