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Group Says SD Has Poorest Human Trafficking Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A national advocacy group ranks South Dakota’s human trafficking laws as the weakest in the nation. The Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project says South Dakota lacks safe harbor laws for underage victims, doesn’t require training on human trafficking for law officers, doesn’t seize assets obtained through trafficking, hasn’t lowered its...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in ‘Powerball’ Game August 14, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 04-11-17-43-51, Powerball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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Vote to Legalize Alcohol on SD’s Pine Ridge Passes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Native Americans on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have voted to end prohibition and legalize alcohol so the tribe can use the profits for education and treatment. A majority of voters on Tuesday approved the measure, but the outcome was left hanging because of 438 challenged ballots that...
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Regents Look to Freeze Tuition, Fees for Residents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to freeze tuition and fees for resident on-campus students in its 2015 budget proposal. The regents’ proposal would keep costs stable by increasing state funding to cover $4.6 million in expected expenses due to a rise in the costs of salaries, benefits...
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Chief Justice Reappoints SD Presiding Judges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson has reappointed the presiding judges in the state’s seven judicial circuits. The presiding judges are administrative heads of their respective circuits. Gilbertson reappointed the presiding judges after he was recently elected by the other Supreme Court justices to a new four-year term...
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Pierre’s Dakota Radio Group Office Sees Staff Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group is welcoming a few new employees and having to say farewell to one. The new morning voice on KGFX that you’ve been hearing is Scott Lane.  Scott is a Carrington, North Dakota native.  He learned about the broadcasting business from the Meyer School of Broadcasting...
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SD’s 125th Anniversary May Not Feature Big Bash

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s celebration of its 125th anniversary of statehood may not feature a big bash, at least not on the scale of the closing events held for the state’s centennial in 1989. A commission appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard held its first meeting Wednesday to discuss the statehood anniversary. Members...
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Farmland Value Up in Upper Midwest Despite Drought

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Drought that devastated crops and pastures in much of the Upper Midwest last year didn’t stop the price of farmland from shooting higher, especially in North Dakota. The Agriculture Department says the average price of an acre of North Dakota cropland has risen nearly 42 percent over the year....
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Leaders of Reservation Drug Ring Sentenced

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two leaders of a violent group that distributed methamphetamine and cocaine on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have been sentenced. Authorities say 26-year-old Marco Uribe stuck the barrel of a handgun into the mouth of a kidnapping victim, and 26-year-old Jose Garcia gave partygoers free cocaine in an attempt to...
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Judge Stepping Down in 5th Judicial Circuit in SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The presiding judge in South Dakota’s 5th Judicial Circuit is stepping down early next year. Jack Von Wald has been the head judge in the circuit for 10 years. He tells the American News that his last day on the bench will be Jan. 8. The Groton native has been...
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