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New SD Law Will Keep Banned Players Out of Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure aimed at keeping banned gamblers out of Deadwood casinos. Existing law already gives the South Dakota Gaming Commission authority to prohibit players from entering casinos based on cheating or other misconduct. But officials say it’s been difficult to enforce...
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Rawlins Library Modifies Its Patron Database

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Rawlins Municipal Library announced yesterday that it has deleted files associated with patrons who haven’t used the library within the past few years.  Library Director Robin Schrupp says in a press release that the information was deleted to clear up database files.  Patrons who haven’t visited the library...
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SDBIC Board of Directors to Meet March 5 in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Board of Directors for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council will meet in Pierre next week.  SDBIC President Karla Pazour of Pukwana will preside over next Wednesday’s gathering.  The meeting will start with a leadership presentation by Dr. Lynn Gordon, SDSU assistant professor and Extension beef field specialist. ...
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SD Senate Says No Dog Use in Mountain Lion Hunts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a measure to allow dogs in mountain lion hunts outside of the Black Hills. Senators voted 18-14 to kill the bill. It had already been approved by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House. The bill’s Senate sponsor says it would...
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SD State Fair Announces Theme and Logo for 2014 Event

HURON, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota State Fair announced the theme for this year’s event…”What Does the Fair Say?”  State Fair marketing and events coordinator Candi Hettinger Briley says this year, fair officials chose a theme that fits into recent pop culture and will also be a fun idea people can get...
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SD Discovery Center Raising Funds with Tile Project for Discovery Town Exhibit

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center is holding a fundraiser to help create activities that will be part of an upcoming exhibit to be called “Discovery Town”.  Discovery Center Executive Director Kristie Maher says the upcoming Discovery Town exhibit will house displays that mimic businesses and offices found in communities....
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Noem: Focus Needed on Human Trafficking Threat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Kristi Noem says the threat of human sex trafficking needs more attention from Congress and police. Noem says she used to see such trafficking as a problem only in parts of Europe or southeast Asia. But she says people are being exploited every day, including in her home state of...
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SD Voters Could Add Games in Deadwood Casinos

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to offer roulette, keno and craps. The House has already approved the measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot. Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and...
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SD Bill on Immigrants Prenatal Care Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has referred a bill authorizing prenatal care for pregnant women in the country illegally to the appropriations committee. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 4-3 to refer the bill with a recommendation to pass. The bill would require state and federal Medicaid funds to...
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SD Panel OKs More Pregnancy Help Center Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate Health and Human Services Committee has granted unanimous support for a measure to further regulate the state’s pregnancy help centers. These centers currently cannot perform abortions or refer clients to abortion clinics. Under the proposed bill, the centers could not facilitate adoptions. The centers could still...
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