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Task Force in SD Formed by Secretary of State Will Study Election Emergencies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant is forming a task force to address election options during emergencies. The move comes after a three-day snow and ice storm that hit the state in April and postponed 30 elections. Gant says the task force will evaluate the decisions made by...
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SD Law Bars Young Drivers from Using Cell Phones

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new South Dakota law prohibits beginning drivers from using cell phones while they are behind the wheel. South Dakota allows 14-year-olds to get instruction permits, the nation’s youngest age for driving while accompanied by an adult. Those young drivers can later graduate to restricted permits that allow them to...
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Flag Likely from Custer’s Last Stand Housed at Cultural Heritage Center

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A flag that might be a relic of one of the most famous battles of the Old West has found a resting place in Pierre. The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the South Dakota State Historical Society has a guidon that most likely is from the Battle of the Little...
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South Dakota Economic Development Plan to Boost Local Efforts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota development officials say two programs to attract large projects to the state are ready to get started. One program offers grants to pay for new staff, elevate part-time staff, start or replenish local revolving loan funds, buy equipment or train employees to expand local economic development. Another...
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Winning Numbers Drawn in June 29 ‘Powerball’ Game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the “Powerball” game were: 08-28-30-53-56, Powerball: 16 Estimated jackpot: $50 million Online: Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/
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New Law Revamps SD Criminal Justice System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new law taking effect Monday seeks to cut South Dakota’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders through intensive probation, parole and other programs outside prison walls. Officials say that without the sweeping changes, the state would have to build a new men’s prison and a new women’s prison...
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Former Farm Bureau Official Honored for Ag Work

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The former chief executive officer of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation has been honored for his agricultural work in the state. Michael Held was honored for his work in the industry during the Governor’s Ag Development Summit last week in Pierre. Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the award to Held....
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SD Schools Slow to Use Law Allowing Armed Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota school districts can arm teachers, other staff or volunteers with guns under a new state law taking effect Monday. But officials say they know of no district that has taken formal steps to designate so-called sentinels to beef up school security. The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Scott Craig...
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Judge Upholds Sentence in Cab Driver Killing in 1996 in Stanley County

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has upheld the 261-year prison sentence given to a Minnesota man who was 16 when he was involved in the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a Pierre taxicab driver. Shawn Cameron Springer, who is now 34, pleaded guilty in 1996 to kidnapping for his role...
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USDA Says South Dakota Farmers Plant Fewer Acres of Corn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers have planted 4 percent fewer acres of corn than last year’s record crop. The Agriculture Department’s June acreage report estimates the state’s corn crop at 5.9 million acres. South Dakota’s soybean crop is estimated at 4.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012. Winter wheat acres...
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