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SD Governor Urges Safe Fourth of July Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is urging drivers to use caution and make safe choices as they travel for the Fourth of July holiday. Office of Highway Safety statistics show an average of 113 crashes over the holiday period the past five years, with an average of two deaths and...
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South Dakota Hog and Pig Inventory Down from 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of hogs and pigs in South Dakota on June 1 totaled 1.18 million head, up 1 percent from the previous quarter but down 10 percent over the year. The Agriculture Department says in a new report that the breeding hog inventory of 180,000 head was up 3...
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Creighton Survey: Midwest, Plains Economy Remains Strong

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states and business will continue to improve in the months ahead. The overall index for the region declined to 55.6 in June from 56.2 in May, but any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist...
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Task Force in SD Formed by Secretary of State Will Study Election Emergencies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant is forming a task force to address election options during emergencies. The move comes after a three-day snow and ice storm that hit the state in April and postponed 30 elections. Gant says the task force will evaluate the decisions made by...
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SD Law Bars Young Drivers from Using Cell Phones

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new South Dakota law prohibits beginning drivers from using cell phones while they are behind the wheel. South Dakota allows 14-year-olds to get instruction permits, the nation’s youngest age for driving while accompanied by an adult. Those young drivers can later graduate to restricted permits that allow them to...
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Flag Likely from Custer’s Last Stand Housed at Cultural Heritage Center

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A flag that might be a relic of one of the most famous battles of the Old West has found a resting place in Pierre. The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the South Dakota State Historical Society has a guidon that most likely is from the Battle of the Little...
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South Dakota Economic Development Plan to Boost Local Efforts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota development officials say two programs to attract large projects to the state are ready to get started. One program offers grants to pay for new staff, elevate part-time staff, start or replenish local revolving loan funds, buy equipment or train employees to expand local economic development. Another...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in June 29 ‘Powerball’ Game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 08-28-30-53-56, Powerball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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New Law Revamps SD Criminal Justice System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new law taking effect Monday seeks to cut South Dakota’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders through intensive probation, parole and other programs outside prison walls. Officials say that without the sweeping changes, the state would have to build a new men’s prison and a new women’s prison...
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Former Farm Bureau Official Honored for Ag Work

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The former chief executive officer of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation has been honored for his agricultural work in the state. Michael Held was honored for his work in the industry during the Governor’s Ag Development Summit last week in Pierre. Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the award to Held....
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