Braiden McCahren Entering Hughes County Courthouse June 11, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

Court Setback for SD Teenage Murder Suspect

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A judge is granting prosecutors access to the psychological evaluation of a 17-year-old Pierre boy charged with murder. Defense attorneys say psychologists who questioned Braiden McCahren went too far, delving into the events surrounding the Dec. 18 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. They say that violated McCahren’s constitutional rights,...
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Mother of Slain SD Woman Wants Death Penalty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The mother of a South Dakota woman authorities say was slain by her boyfriend is upset that prosecutors don’t plan to seek the death penalty against the suspect if he’s convicted of murder. Thirty-six-year-old Kent Davidson is accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in the head with a...
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SD Governor Cancels Special Legislative Session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has canceled a special session of the South Dakota Legislature that was to deal with cost overruns in the construction of a new State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. In a letter to lawmakers, the governor says the special session is no longer necessary because the federal...
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South Dakota Tribal Members to Vote on Alcohol Ban

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Native American tribe that has long battled the devastating effects of alcoholism is planning to ask its tribal members whether it should legalize alcohol on its South Dakota reservation. The Oglala Sioux tribal council voted 9-7 Tuesday to bring the question of legalizing alcohol on the Pine Ridge...
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USDA Says SD Winter Wheat Crop Forecast at 29.7M Bushels

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting South Dakota’s 2013 winter wheat crop to be down 51 percent from last year. The department in its crop production report forecast the crop based on June 1 conditions at 29.7 million bushels, which is unchanged from the May 1 estimate. The...
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Settlement Reached in SD Medicaid System Dispute

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says work on a new computerized Medicaid management system should resume soon because a settlement has been reached between the state and the company hired to do the work. The state signed a $62 million contract in 2008 with Client Network Service Inc. of Maryland to...
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Representative Noem Seeking Re-Election in 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem has announced that she is running for re-election in 2014. Noem made the announcement on her Facebook page Tuesday. She says that after spending the weekend discussing the future with her husband and children, she made the decision to seek re-election. She says she is...
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Street Project Update from City of Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Construction workers are busy throughout parts of Pierre this week, as road and rail related projects continue.  The City of Pierre says a segment of Dakota Avenue remains closed west of Pierre Street today.  Storm pipe and catch basin installation should be completed there this week.  Sidewalk and curb...
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Oahe Downstream to Hold Rescheduled Kids Fishing Derby This Saturday

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area will be hosting the 6th annual Kids Fishing Derby this weekend.  Kids are invited to come join park staff Saturday morning for fishing and prizes at Oahe Downstream.  Fishing will take place on the waters within Oahe Marina and on the accessible fishing...
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Stanley County School District Awarded New Five Year Grant for GOLD Program

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County School District announced last week that the district has been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant by the South Dakota Department of Education.  The district will receive $150,000 a year for five years for the K-12 GOLD program-starting with the 2013-2014 school...
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