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AP Exclusive: Health Reforms Penalize Some Indians

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – For decades, the government has paid for American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ health care as part of its longstanding treaty obligations to tribes. But under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, tens of thousands of Native Americans are about to face a new reality. They will have to buy their...
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Corps Officials to Keep Conserving Missouri River Water

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water flowing into the Missouri River is expected to remain lower than usual, so officials are conserving water in the river’s reservoirs. Officials said Tuesday the drought continues to affect the river because much of the snowmelt and rainfall in the seven-state region is being absorbed into...
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Powerball Jackpot Balloons to $360M in Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Powerball jackpot has ballooned to $360 million in a matter of weeks, a jump that’s propelled it to be the third largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh largest jackpot in history. Lottery officials say the “cross-selling” of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, as well as a game redesign...
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SD Part of National Settlement with Drug Company

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will get more than $1 million as its share of a national settlement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer that allegedly distributed substandard drugs. Jackley says South Dakota joined with other states and the federal government in a $500 million dollar settlement to resolve allegations...
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Budget Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota will be reducing extended unemployment compensation benefits by nearly 17 percent as part of federal budget cuts. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation says the benefits will be reduced by 16.8 percent. It affects all claimants filing for benefits beginning the week of June 2 and...
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Organizations With Storm Damage Eligible for SBA Loans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Small Business Administration says low-interest federal disaster loans are available to certain private, nonprofit organizations in South Dakota because of an April winter snowstorm. SBA Administrator Karen Mills says organizations that provide essential governmental services in Douglas, Hutchinson, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Shannon and Turner counties are eligible for...
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Standing Rock Unveils Sitting Bull Visitor Center

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – A tourist information center honoring a former Dakotas tribal leader is scheduled to open on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Sitting Bull Visitor Center will be operated by Sitting Bull College and offer travelers information regarding local and special events and places to visit. A gift shop will...
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Pierre School Board Hears Facility Planning Study for District’s Elementary Buildings

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board listened yesterday to a facility planning study done by a Sioux Falls architectural firm.  In January, the board gave the okay to look at the district’s elementary schools and determine whether to expand some current buildings or construct a new elementary building.  There are currently...
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Former State Auditor Passes Away-Flags to be Lowered to Half-Staff at State Capitol Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office announced today that a former state Auditor passed away over the weekend.  Betty Larson Casey of Gettysburg died Sunday at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City at age 80.  She served as state auditor from 1961-1963.  Governor Daugaard has ordered that the flag at...
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Wellmark Foundation Presents Grant for Local VEGGIES Program

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center received a grant today that it will use to implement the VEGGIES (Volunteers and Educators Growing Gardens with Eager Students) program.  The $18,760 grant is provided by the Wellmark Foundation and will help create a culture in which fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is...
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