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2014 Pierre Polar Plunge to Raise Money for Special Olympics South Dakota Athletes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) On March 16, several volunteers will be “Freezin’ for a Reason” as part of the 2014 Pierre Polar Plunge for the benefit of Special Olympics South Dakota.  The plunges are held each year at different locations throughout the state and are presented by South Dakota Law Enforcement as part...
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Pheasant Habitat Work Group Has Its First Meeting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The members of the South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group gathered for their initial meeting last week in Pierre.  The 13-member group is made up of members selected by Governor Dennis Daugaard after last December’s Pheasant Habitat Summit.  The task force is made up of sportsmen, landowners, lawmakers, government...
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SD Panel Kills Texting and Driving Ban, One Remains

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota battle between two proposed texting while driving bans has come to an end. The House Transportation Committee voted 8-4 Thursday to defeat the Senate version of the ban. It would have made texting while driving a petty offense with a $100 fine. Supporters of the measure say...
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SD Governor Still Hopes for Medicaid Waiver

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he still hopes federal officials will eventually decide to let the state expand its Medicaid program in a way that would provide medical services to fewer people than envisioned in the federal health overhaul law. Federal officials indicated in a phone call this week that they...
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SD Senate Passes Gambling Expansion on to Voters

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to offer roulette, keno and craps. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-10 to support the measure. South Dakota voters will choose whether to authorize the change to the constitution in the November general election. Opponents of...
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SD Senate OKs Gun Limits on Some Mentally Ill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a bill to add dangerously mentally ill people to a national registry and keep them from obtaining guns. The Senate voted 26-9 to support the measure. It passed the House on Feb. 20. Under the measure, people who are involuntarily committed as dangerous would...
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SD Senate Revives Bill Limiting Traffic Camera Use

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has brought back and passed a measure regulating red-light traffic cameras after it was killed in committee. Senators voted 26-9 to support the bill. The main sponsor of the bill Rep. Peggy Gibson says it was “revived and revised.” The Huron Democrat has been working on...
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SD House Endorses Broadening Domestic Abuse Laws

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a measure that would expand the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover couples who are dating but don’t live together. Representatives voted 56-14 to pass the bill, which has already been approved by the Senate. The Senate now will decide whether to accept a...
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Student Height, Weight Survey Nearly Unchanged

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health officials say the number of students in South Dakota who were obese or overweight during the 2012-2013 school year remained practically unchanged compared to the previous year. The South Dakota Department of Health says 16.6 percent of students attending schools that submitted data to the department were considered overweight....
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SD Winter Wheat, Cattle and Sheep in Good Shape

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The condition of South Dakotas’ winter wheat crop and livestock herds hasn’t changed much over the month. The federal Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that 63 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent shape, up slightly from 60 percent last month. Cattle...
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