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Creighton Study Says Midwest, Plains Economy Still Growing Steadily

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue growing steadily over the next few months. The overall economic index for the region declined slightly to 56.2 in May from April’s 56.8, but any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist...
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SD Cities Enforcing Bans on Texting While Driving

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – In the absence of a state ban on texting while driving, South Dakota cities have started to enforce their own bans on the practice. The Legislature has rejected proposals to ban texting while driving statewide. But Sioux Falls, Brookings, Watertown, Vermillion, Huron and Mitchell have passed ordinances to impose...
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Man Pleads Guilty to Assault With Dangerous Weapon

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has pleaded guilty to assault in a case that stemmed from a drug dispute. Andrew Kills Crow, of Wakpala, was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The American News reports that...
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SD Governor Awards Block Grants to Four Communities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded grants to four South Dakota communities for improvement projects. Bonesteel, Delmont, Dupree and Wolsey will get a total of $1.5 million in grants to help with improvements carrying total price tags of more than $4.7 million. Bonesteel is getting $515,000 for improvements to its water...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in “Powerball’ Game June 1, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 22-28-33-53-59, Powerball: 14 Estimated jackpot: $40 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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USDA: Corn Prices Up Slightly in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department says May corn prices are up slightly in South Dakota. The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says corn, at $6.67 per bushel, is up 8 cents from last month. Soybeans are up 50 cents from last month at $14.50. The preliminary...
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Department of Public Safety Says South Dakota Homeland Security Director Retiring

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Homeland Security Director James Carpenter announced Saturday that he will retire. Carpenter has served as the agency’s director since 2010. His retirement is effective June 8. Carpenter says he wants to do more hunting and fishing and spend more time with his family. Carpenter is a South Dakota...
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Companies Look to Home-Grown US IT Workforce

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A small but growing number of public-private endeavors are trying to spark an IT reshoring trend by developing the nation’s next generation of tech experts. In South Dakota, Eagle Creek Software Services turned to the University of South Dakota to help home-grow tech talent through a customized four-course certificate....
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GF&P Error Thrills, Then Disappoints South Dakota Hunters

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department mistakenly notified about 2,000 hunters that they had drawn one of two once-in-a-lifetime hunting permits for bighorn sheep in the Black Hills.  But within an hour, the excited hunters learned that it was a big mistake.  The glitch happened when...
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Report Outlines South Dakota Indian Country Prosecutions

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says the number of prosecutors on South Dakota’s two largest Indian reservations is up while the number of cases that have been declined for prosecution is down.  Johnson says that over the past four years, prosecutions are up 131 percent on the Rosebud Indian...
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