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3 Challenges to Pine Ridge Alcohol Vote Denied

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A hearing is scheduled for later this month on a challenge to last month’s vote legalizing alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Election Supervisor Francis Pumpkin Seed says a couple of tribal members filed a restraining order. He says it’s one of three challenges the election commission has...
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United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Talk About Importance of Local Organization

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year’s Capital Area United Way fundraiser is officially underway and the campaign co-chairs say they were honored to be asked to head up the effort.  Karl and Denise Richards were named on Tuesday as the 2013 Campaign Co-chairs.  Denise Richards works as a victim advocate in the Hughes...
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Capital Area United Way Off and Running with Fundraising Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capital Area United Way announced its goal for this year’s campaign earlier this week.   At an event held at the Pierre Chamber Tuesday, United Way officials revealed that they will work to raise $545,007; up from last year’s $500,000 goal.  United Way Executive Director Gloria Hanson says the...
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Fort Pierre’s New Occupancy Fee to Go Into Effect Soon

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Fort Pierre will soon implement a new occupancy fee; which will be imposed by two of the city’s hotels starting October 1.  Fort Pierre Mayor Sam Tidball says the $2.00 a night fee will be charged by the AmericInn and Holiday Inn Express and the funds raised through...
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SD Labor Secretary Pam Roberts Retiring in October

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts will retire next month after serving in state Cabinet-level positions since 1989. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Roberts was appointed to Cabinet-level jobs by five governors. Roberts became commissioner of the state Bureau of Personnel in 1989, was chief of operations for Gov....
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Iowa Drought Worsens in Hottest Week of the Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Drought conditions have worsened in a portion of the Midwest including Iowa, the nation’s leading corn producer, as the region experienced its hottest week of the year. The extreme heat and near record low August rainfall combined to expand drought conditions from the eastern Dakotas southeastward into western Illinois....
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AG Says State Reaches Settlement with MoneyGram

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state has entered a settlement with MoneyGram International Inc. entitling some customers to get money back from advance fee schemes. Jackley says MoneyGram has agreed to the forfeit $100 million back to eligible consumers. He says the agreements are from the company’s...
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Nearly Three-Quarters of SD Parolees Earn Time Off

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nearly three-quarters of South Dakota’s parolees earned time off their sentences in the first month of a new program that’s part of an overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system. Laurie Feiler of the state Corrections Department says 1,975 of the state’s 2,794 parolees earned time off their sentences in...
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Transfer Hearing in Case of Pierre Teen Charged with December Shooting Underway

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A transfer hearing in the case of a Pierre teen got underway this morning in a Pierre courtroom.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren is charged with First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of Aggravated Assault for the December shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams.  The shooting occurred...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in ‘Powerball’ Game September 4, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 02-09-26-45-47, Powerball: 11 Estimated jackpot: $169 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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