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In top coal state, gas could fuel next power plant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The newest electrical generation project in the top coal-mining state is a power plant to be fueled by natural gas. Black Hills Corp. subsidiaries Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power and Black Hills Power are building the Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station on the outskirts of Cheyenne. The companies held a groundbreaking...
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South Dakota Governor part of National Health Task Force

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is part of a National Governors Association task force looking at ways states can improve the quality of health care and cut the cost of public health programs.  The task force of a dozen governors will focus on state efforts to redesign health care...
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Dog Killed in South Dakota Drug Bust

  CHANCELLOR, S.D. (AP) — Authorities searching a home for drugs in the southeastern South Dakota town of Chancellor during a parole check arrested three people and shot and killed a dog.  The Turner County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were using a police dog to aid in the search Tuesday when one of the...
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President Obama Opposes House Keystone Energy Pipeline Bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The White House said Tuesday that the bill “seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes” by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The...
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Scotland Woman Claims Ten Thousand Dollar Power Ball Prize

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Scotland woman has claimed her $10,000 Powerball prize.  South Dakota lottery officials say Pamela Cokeley matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the third prize in Saturday’s drawing.  The odds of winning are about one in 649,000.  The jackpot currently sits at $40...
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South Dakota Social Services Wants Indian Tribes Lawsuit Dropped

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by two tribes alleging that the state routinely breaks federal law governing foster care and adoptions for American Indian children.  The Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribes, along with...
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Larson to be School and Public Lands Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Vern Larson of Vivian as South Dakota’s commissioner of school and public lands. Larson, a former state treasurer and state auditor, will replace Jarrod Johnson as head of the agency that administers state lands set aside to support schools and state institutions. Johnson...
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USDA Says Above-Normal Temps, Dry Soil Help SD Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Above-normal temperatures and drier soils accelerated spring planting across South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat conditions were rated 31 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 8 percent...
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AG Jackley Releases Results of Sobriety Program

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nearly 120 people have taken nearly 125,000 sobriety tests using an ignition interlock device as part of South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. Attorney General Marty Jackley released the testing results of the ignition interlock device on Monday. The devices have been a part of the 24/7 Sobriety Program since October....
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SD Discovery Center Opens New Traveling Exhibition Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center is opening its new traveling exhibition today.   The display will allow visitors to explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air.  Kristie Maher, Executive Director of the Discovery Center says in a press release that the exhibit is called “From...
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