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SD Retirement System Pays Off Unfunded Obligations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Retirement System has used investment earnings on its assets to pay off the system’s unfunded obligations. The Retirement System earned 19 percent on investments of its assets in the year that ended June 30. That left the system nearly 104 percent funded, meaning its current assets exceed...
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South Dakota Home to a Rich Variety of Fossils

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Besides its major tourist attractions, South Dakota is also known for its rich variety of fossils. Even Lewis and Clark documented a creature they found on Sept. 10, 1804, along the Missouri River in what is now most likely Gregory County. They noted the discovery of what they thought was...
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Hot, Dry Weather Could Affect Corn, Soy Yields

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The hot, dry weather hanging on in much of South Dakota is likely to hurt soybean and corn yields. South Dakota State University commodity marketing specialist Lisa Elliott says the weather is contributing to crops that are lagging in maturity. The government’s crop yield projections will be updated this...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in ‘Powerball’ Game September 7, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 02-19-22-26-45, Powerball: 24 Estimated jackpot: $203 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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SD Retirement System Board Re-Elects Two Officers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Retirement System’s Board of Trustees has re-elected Elmer Brinkman of Watertown as its chairman. Brinkman is a Codington County commissioner who represents elected county officials on the 17-member board that oversees the state’s public pension system. The Board of Trustees also re-elected state Supreme Court Justice Steven...
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SD Health Systems Requiring Staff Vaccines

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s top three health systems say they will require annual flu vaccinations for all employees, health care providers and volunteers. Sanford Health, Avera Health and Regional Health say the decision was made to maximize patient safety and protect employees against the disease. South Dakota last year had its...
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Judge Rules to Keep McCahren Case in Adult Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has ruled that the case of a teen accused in the shooting death of a classmate last December will remain in adult court.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren has pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault counts for the December 18 shooting...
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McCahren Transfer Hearing Continuing in Pierre Courtroom

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A number of witnesses were questioned this morning in a Pierre courtroom as part of what is scheduled as a two day transfer hearing in the case of a Pierre teen charged for the shooting death of another teen last year.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren is charged with First Degree...
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Day Two of Transfer Hearing on Murder Charges for Pierre Teen Underway

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The second day of a transfer hearing is underway in Pierre this morning in the case of a Pierre teen charged in the December shooting death of a fellow classmate.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren has pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of...
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3 Challenges to Pine Ridge Alcohol Vote Denied

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A hearing is scheduled for later this month on a challenge to last month’s vote legalizing alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Election Supervisor Francis Pumpkin Seed says a couple of tribal members filed a restraining order. He says it’s one of three challenges the election commission has...
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