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Judge Blocks Planned Horse Slaughter at Plants in Iowa and N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses next week. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo on Friday issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups. They contend the Department...
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Gant Still Wants Federal Advice on SD Voting Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he still wants to seek a federal commission’s opinion on setting up satellite absentee voting offices on three Native American reservations, even though that commission might not be able to respond. The Argus Leader reports that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission can’t...
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Saturation Patrols Will Fight DUI During Rally

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office plans to conduct saturation patrols until Aug. 10 to crack down on drunken driving during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that starts Monday in western South Dakota. Deputies will be looking for drunken drivers and drivers who are not wearing seatbelts as part of...
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Standing Rock Chairman Won’t Seek Re-Election

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Charles Murphy says he will not seek re-election. Murphy’s current stint leading the Dakotas tribe began in 2009. He also served as chairman from 1983-93 and from 1997-2005. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 64-year-old Murphy says he’s not sure what he’ll do when he...
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SD Panel Approves Rules for Armed School Sentinels

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has approved rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns to improve security in school buildings. As a reaction to attacks on schools across the country, the Legislature this year approved a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers and...
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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Seven SD Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Seven South Dakota counties will receive federal money to help recover from a series of June storms. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a presidential disaster declaration was signed Friday for Beadle, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hughes and Kingsbury counties. Preliminary estimates showed more than $1.7 million in damages. Costs included debris...
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SD Farm Real Estate Value, Cropland Up From 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Farm real estate in South Dakota has increased in value by 29 percent. The Agriculture Department says in a new report that the value of farm land and buildings in 2013 averaged $1,800. That is up $400 per acre. Cropland value increased 30 percent from last year to $3,020...
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Pierre School Board Holds Third Public Meeting on Elementary Facility Planning Study

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board held the third in a series of meetings to give the public a chance to hear details of its elementary facility planning study, to ask questions and offer comments.    McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools are the district’s oldest buildings and will need some necessary, but...
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NWS Says July Weather in Central and NE SD Was Cooler Than Normal

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says the month of July brought cooler than normal weather to central and northeast parts of the state.   Rainfall ranged from below normal to above or much above normal.  Average temperatures ranged from a half degree to almost three degrees below normal for July.  The...
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US Panel Can’t Issue Opinion on SD Voting Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he won’t create satellite voting offices on three American Indian reservations unless the U.S. Election Assistance Commission approves spending federal money on the project. But the Argus Leader reports that the commission can’t issue advisory opinions because the four commission seats are...
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