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SD Panel Looks at Broadening Domestic Abuse Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is to hold a hearing on a measure that would expand the state’s domestic abuse laws to cover dating couples who don’t live together. Current state law defines domestic abuse as harm or the fear of harm committed by family or household members against spouses,...
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Midwest Economic Survey Index Drops Slightly

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dropped slightly but still suggests growth over the next three to six months. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January. Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall...
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City of Pierre Updates Snow Removal Information

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Here is an update from the City of Pierre: City snow removal crews finished up the Sunday removal operations around 1PM today. The sanding and salt trucks will be out at 6AM Monday to get the steep grades, the Truck Route, school zones and critical intersections. The public is...
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SD Legislature Considers Extra School Funding

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota educators still hope state lawmakers will provide school districts with extra money to help them recover from budget cuts imposed three years ago. But some legislative leaders say tax revenues might not climb enough to permit that additional spending. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed budget would increase state aid...
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Extension Connects Hay and Forage Sellers, Buyers

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – SDSU Extension is helping to connect hay and forage suppliers with those who need them through a Facebook group. The “SDSU Extension Feed & Forage Finder” group is open to anyone that is interested in either buying or selling hay or feedstuffs. Cow/Calf Field Specialist Warren Rusche says listings can...
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SD Governor Signs New Laws; One Alters Place Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recently signed 17 bills into law. One law allows for the use of the word “Negro” in the names of buttes, creeks and other places. This law disallows the use of the term squaw. Squaw has already been removed and replaced from most of...
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Gun Groups Press, Fracture Pro-Gun SD Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The presence of the National Rifle Association in the South Dakota Capitol has caused a stir among representatives in the House. Some gun-toting lawmakers don’t always agree with the stance of the NRA. But the association’s score card system means legislators will have to account for their votes on gun...
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Medical Examiner Can Testify in SD Woman’s Trial

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has ruled that a medical examiner can testify for the prosecution in the case of a woman accused of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants. The Daily Republic reports Brule County Judge Bruce Anderson has said that the medical examiner who...
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PUC Chairman Nelson to Serve on National Board

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Public Utilities Commission chairman Chris Nelson has been appointed to a national board. The Federal Communications Commission selected Nelson for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. Nelson was nominated for the appointment by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Nelson is one of four state utility regulators...
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SD Legislative Staff Run Sessions from Background

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Each legislative session, a few dozen staffers return to the South Dakota Capitol to keep the lawmaking process on track. Sergeant at Arms Melvin Chandler is serving his 23rd year in the Legislature. The 87 year old says he doesn’t engage in politics but loves meeting people. Chief Clerk Arlene...
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