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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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Braiden McCahren Entering Hughes County Courthouse September 5, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

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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Karl and Denise Richards 2013 Capital Area United Way Campaign Co-Chairs (Courtesy Photo)

United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Talk About Importance of Local Organization

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year’s Capital Area United Way fundraiser is officially underway and the campaign co-chairs say they were honored to be asked to head up the effort.  Karl and Denise Richards were named on Tuesday as the 2013 Campaign Co-chairs.  Denise Richards works as a victim advocate in the Hughes...
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Capital Area United Way Off and Running with Fundraising Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way announced its goal for this year’s campaign earlier this week.   At an event held at the Pierre Chamber Tuesday, United Way officials revealed that they will work to raise $545,007; up from last year’s $500,000 goal.  United Way Executive Director Gloria Hanson says the...
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Fort Pierre’s New Occupancy Fee to Go Into Effect Soon

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre will soon implement a new occupancy fee; which will be imposed by two of the city’s hotels starting October 1.  Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball says the $2.00 a night fee will be charged by the AmericInn and Holiday Inn Express and the funds raised through...
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SD Labor Secretary Pam Roberts Retiring in October

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts will retire next month after serving in state Cabinet-level positions since 1989. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Roberts was appointed to Cabinet-level jobs by five governors. Roberts became commissioner of the state Bureau of Personnel in 1989, was chief of operations for Gov....
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Iowa Drought Worsens in Hottest Week of the Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Drought conditions have worsened in a portion of the Midwest including Iowa, the nation’s leading corn producer, as the region experienced its hottest week of the year. The extreme heat and near record low August rainfall combined to expand drought conditions from the eastern Dakotas southeastward into western Illinois....
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