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SD July Jobless Rate Drops 0.6 Percent Over Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Bureau of Labor Statistics says South Dakota’s unemployment rate in July was 3.9 percent, unchanged from June and down from 4.5 percent in July 2012. The state’s labor force in July increased by 1.6 percent over the year to 449,000, and the level of unemployed dropped by 13...
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Larson Sworn in as SD School and Public Lands Head

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Vern Larson of Vivian has been sworn in as South Dakota’s commissioner of school and public lands. Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed the former state treasurer and state auditor to replace Jarrod Johnson as head of the agency that administers state lands set aside to support schools and other state institutions....
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Crappie Days Wheeler Dealer Auction Underway to Benefit St. Mary’s Foundation

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group’s Online Wheeler Dealer Auction for August is also known as Crappie Days! A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit St Mary’s Foundation in Pierre. There are hundreds of items to bid on in 24 different categories. Categories including ag and livestock, appliances, art and...
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Health Clinic in Aberdeen Closing After 36 Years

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – An Aberdeen health clinic that serves America Indians and people with low incomes is closing at the end of the month. The American News reports that officials with Urban Indian Health aren’t commenting on the reasons for the clinic closure after 36 years of operations, or what will happen to...
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Group Says SD Has Poorest Human Trafficking Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A national advocacy group ranks South Dakota’s human trafficking laws as the weakest in the nation. The Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project says South Dakota lacks safe harbor laws for underage victims, doesn’t require training on human trafficking for law officers, doesn’t seize assets obtained through trafficking, hasn’t lowered its...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in ‘Powerball’ Game August 14, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 04-11-17-43-51, Powerball: 20 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association:
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Vote to Legalize Alcohol on SD’s Pine Ridge Passes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Native Americans on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have voted to end prohibition and legalize alcohol so the tribe can use the profits for education and treatment. A majority of voters on Tuesday approved the measure, but the outcome was left hanging because of 438 challenged ballots that...
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Regents Look to Freeze Tuition, Fees for Residents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents wants to freeze tuition and fees for resident on-campus students in its 2015 budget proposal. The regents’ proposal would keep costs stable by increasing state funding to cover $4.6 million in expected expenses due to a rise in the costs of salaries, benefits...
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Chief Justice Reappoints SD Presiding Judges

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson has reappointed the presiding judges in the state’s seven judicial circuits. The presiding judges are administrative heads of their respective circuits. Gilbertson reappointed the presiding judges after he was recently elected by the other Supreme Court justices to a new four-year term...
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Pierre’s Dakota Radio Group Office Sees Staff Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group is welcoming a few new employees and having to say farewell to one. The new morning voice on KGFX that you’ve been hearing is Scott Lane.  Scott is a Carrington, North Dakota native.  He learned about the broadcasting business from the Meyer School of Broadcasting...
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