SD Legislature Approves Texting While Driving Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – After years of debate on the issue, the South Dakota Legislature has finally approved a statewide ban on texting while driving. The state House voted 52-18 in favor of the measure on Thursday, while senators approved it by a 28-7 vote. The measure makes texting behind the wheel a petty...
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2014 Think and Drive-Stay Alive Coming to Riggs Theater and Dakota Radio Group Stations Tuesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join Pierre based stations of the Dakota Radio Group on Tuesday as we bring another broadcast of Think and Drive Stay Alive.  Once again, we’ll present the program before students from Riggs High School Theater.  The Dakota Radio Group has featured a number of different guests through Think and...
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Boys and Girls Club Continues Giveaways Through Great Futures Mega Raffle

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Another drawing was held yesterday as part of the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area’s Great Futures Mega Raffle. Three finalists were chosen Wednesday morning for the March drawing. They were Rob Anderson, Jill Schmitz and Tom Smith. During a drawing among the trio yesterday at Wegner...
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Pierre School Board Gets Update on Pierre Students Served Through Dental Dental’s Dakota Smiles Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s been ten years since Delta Dental of South Dakota started its outreach program “Dakota Smiles”. The organization now has two mobile dental service trucks, the Care Mobile and Smile Mobile, traveling the state to deliver dental treatment. Carrie Mikkonen, who serves as the Program Manager for Dakota Smiles...
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Parties Split on Changes to Building SD Fund

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A special committee in the South Dakota Legislature has passed changes to Building South Dakota’s funding formula with Republican support only. The committee included leaders from both chambers. Building South Dakota was established last year to boost the economy with grants to education, infrastructure and housing projects. It received a...
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SD Compromise Committee Sets Autism Study Guides

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota special committee of representatives and senators has agreed on parameters for a study on autism spectrum disorders. A task force would explore the issue and make policy suggestions. The study would cover insurance and treatment costs, availability of services and treatment protocols. The state’s human services and...
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SD Governor Signs New Policy on Shared Custody

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure designed to give children more time with divorced parents. The legislation has failed in the past due to disagreements between shared parenting advocates and legal experts. The new law was based on an Iowa custody law and will take...
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SD House Kills Measure Condemning Health Reform

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a resolution to condemn the federal health care overhaul. The House and Senate approved different versions of the resolution and could not agree Wednesday to a compromise in a special committee. Representatives on Thursday voted 60-2 to accept the committee’s impasse and defeat the...
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More Requirements in SD Law for Amusement Rides

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has authorized a new law governing amusement rides. The policy requires operators of such rides to get certified inspections yearly and conduct a daily review of equipment on their own. They have always been required to have insurance. Riders also are charged with personal responsibility...
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SD Senate OKs New Rules on Student Suspensions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill to amend South Dakota policies on student suspensions has cleared its last legislative hurdle. The Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass the bill, which already has the approval of the House. The bill sets up a three-strike system and allows students to remain in extracurricular activities, even...
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