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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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SD Lawmakers Ban Abortion for Gender Selection

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’s gender. The House voted 59-10 on Tuesday to accept a Senate version of the measure. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The bill would make abortions sought...
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SD Senate Tweaks Rules to Fight School Start Dates

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate passed a bill regulating the process to challenge school board decisions about the first day of school. Voters can already request a vote through a referendum against the decision on when to start the school year. The measure approved Tuesday details how many people are required...
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SD Legislature OKs Funding Shift for Veterans Home

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Senate has granted final legislative approval for a funding shift to cover the $41.3 million construction on the state veteran’s home in Hot Springs. Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed the change in funding. The bill goes next to him for final approval. A $23.6 million federal grant and $1.3 million...
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Proposed Texting Ban Fails in SD Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A special committee of South Dakota lawmakers has decided to kill a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. A negotiating committee of three senators and three representatives was unable to reach a compromise between versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate. Committee members then recommended that...
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Dakotans Lag in Insurance Marketplace Enrollment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Less than 50 percent of people living in North and South Dakota eligible to sign up for health care coverage under the nation’s new marketplace have selected a plan. In North Dakota, where 10,394 people are eligible to pick a plan, slightly more than 5,200 have done so during...
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Three Arrested Following Theft of Motorcycle from Blunt

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Three men were arrested yesterday as the result of an investigation into the theft of a motorcycle from Blunt.  Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says officials received a tip regarding the whereabouts of a Honda Trail Bike worth $4,000 which had been stolen from a residence in Blunt within...
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GMMS Teacher Named as Pierre District Teacher of the Year for 2014

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A middle school teacher in the Pierre School District was named yesterday as the Teacher of the Year for 2014. Ann Noyes of Georgia Morse Middle School was chosen as the winner of the award and her name was announced at last night’s monthly school board meeting. Superintendent Kelly...
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Focus Turns to Barrel Vault as Stained Glass Restoration Project at Capitol Continues

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A project to clean and restore stained glass throughout four different areas of the State Capitol Building is moving into another phase starting next week. Last August, stained glass sections were removed from the Capitol Rotunda and a Wisconsin company has wrapped up work on half of the panels...
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