SD Lawmakers Try Again to Pass Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are making a last-minute attempt to pass a measure banning texting while driving before the main run of this year’s legislative session ends Friday. The bill was thought to be dead Tuesday when a negotiating committee of House and Senate members failed to reach agreement. But the...
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SD Lawmakers Putting Finishing Touches on Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is starting to put the finishing touches on next year’s state budget. The Joint Appropriations Committee will meet Thursday to consider a long list of proposed amendments to the bill. The committee needs to finish work on the spending measure so the House and...
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Governor Picks Reps for SD Trade Mission to China

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says representatives from 11 companies and groups will join him on his next trade mission to China. The governor and other state officials will travel to China in mid-May. It will be Daugaard’s third trade mission to the world’s most populous nation. Daugaard says exporting is essential...
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Corps Says Missouri River Reservoirs Well Positioned for Spring Runoff

OMAHA, NEBRASKA (DRG News) A Corps of Engineers official says that despite above normal mountain snowpack, 2014 does not promise to bring flooding similar to 2011. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division in Omaha says as of March 7, the mountain snowpack was 127 percent of normal in the...
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Creation of a Business Improvement District and Occupancy Fee Being Considered in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Using the theme “It’s Time for Pierre to Move Forward”; city, chamber and economic development officials are working toward the possible creation of a Business Improvement District. The idea was introduced yesterday to the Pierre City Commission. If a Business Improvement District is enacted, it would result in an...
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Pierre P.D. Hires New Police Officer

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new police officer has been added to the ranks of the Pierre Police Department.  Captain Dave Panzer of the Pierre P.D. says Officer Buckley Wright was hired to fill recent openings.  Wright is a Sioux City, Iowa native.  He started with the department on Monday and will spend...
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Lawmakers Seek Missouri River Flood Prep Details From Corps

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Federal lawmakers from states along the Upper Missouri River are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to disclose the steps it’s taking to prepare for potential spring floods. Mountain snowpack levels in the Missouri River basin so far this season are comparable to 2011, when flooding devastated hundreds of...
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SD Senate Sustains Veto Against Deadwood Hotel Tax

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted to uphold the governor’s veto against an increase to Deadwood’s hotel tax. Senators on Wednesday voted 16-19 to support the bill. But the bill’s sponsor needed a two thirds vote from both chambers to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s decision. The bill would have allowed...
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SD Panel Disagrees on Health Reform Critique

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have held what some call the first negotiating committee meeting to address a resolution that expresses the will of the Legislature but has no force of law. Rep. Stace Nelson of Fulton sponsored a resolution expressing the Legislature’s opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care reform law....
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SD Legislature Putting Final Touches on Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature is nearing the end of the main run of this year’s session. Lawmakers will spend the next three days working out differences between versions of bills passed by the House and Senate. The Joint Appropriations Committee plans to put the finishing touches on the state budget...
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