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SD House Passes Pledge of Allegiance Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have expressed unanimous support for a provision requiring students in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The state’s House approved the bill Thursday. It will go on to the Senate. The bill allows students who don’t wish to recite the pledge to do...
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SD House Votes to Keep Guns from Mentally Ill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Despite opposition from some gun advocates, the South Dakota House has passed a bill to allow the names of people with mental illness to be added to a registry keeping them from obtaining firearms. Representatives on Thursday voted 53-17 to approve the measure. It would allow people who are committed...
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SD Lawmakers Consider Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is considering whether the death penalty should be repealed in the state. The measure would ban the death penalty in all future criminal cases, but it would leave in place the death sentences of three convicted murders currently on South Dakota’s death row. Supporters of...
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Office of Highway Safety Noting Concerning Trend with Traffic Related Fatalities So Far This Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota public safety officials are keeping an eye on traffic accident statistics as the number of deaths from traffic crashes logged in the early weeks of this year are starting off a little stronger than normal. South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says his agency...
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Sully Buttes Class of 2015 Holding Service Auction Friday

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) The Sully Buttes Class of 2015 will be having a Service Auction tomorrow after the girls/boys doubleheader against Faulkton.  Organizers say that each student will be auctioned off for a minimum bid of $75 for eight hours of work.  The work must be completed by May 31 of this...
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Redfield and Philip Students Honored Through Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

UNDATED – (DRG News) Two South Dakota students were named the top two youth volunteers as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  14-year-old Dalton Howe of Redfield and a 17-year-old Bristol youth-Nathan Duerre-earned $1,000 awards, engraved medallions and a trip to the nation’s Capital.  Howe was nominated by Redfield Junior High School...
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Report: Number of SD Farms Increases, Size Shrinks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new federal report shows South Dakota saw a minor increase in its number of farms during the last five years, while the size of the average farm shrank slightly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the Census of Agriculture Thursday. It is based on 2012 data. The report...
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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December. The survey indexes range from 0 to...
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SD Senator Gives Up on Health Care Regulation Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota senator has asked a committee to defeat a bill he drafted to regulate the “navigators” who help sign up people for insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. Sen. Al Novstrup says he talked to stake holders and could not find a compromise. The bill would have...
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SD Panel Kills Bill Easing Video Lottery Reliance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill intended to wean South Dakota government off video lottery revenue has failed to pass the House Taxation Committee. The panel voted 9-4 to kill the measure. It would essentially have created an endowment fund for the state over the next 10 to 20 years. Supporters of the measure...
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