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Shannon County Voters Approve Name Change

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Voters in Shannon County have approved a name change. The Rapid City Journal reports that 80 percent of the nearly 2,700 voters in Tuesday’s election approved changing the name to Oglala Lakota County. State law stipulates that a two-thirds majority is required for approval of any name change. The...
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GOP Wraps Up One-Party Rule in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republicans now hold every statewide office for the first time in more than 50 years. Mike Rounds on Tuesday joined a newly united U.S. House and Senate as the state’s junior senator in replacing the lone, retiring Democratic holdout Tim Johnson. It’s the first all-GOP South Dakota delegation since...
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South Dakota OKs Upping Minimum Wage to $8.50

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have approved a measure to increase the minimum wage by $1.25 an hour beginning in January. Initiated Measure 18 will raise the minimum wage from the federal rate of $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. The Democratic- and union-backed proposal also will increase the $2.13 hourly tip...
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South Dakota Voters OK Deadwood Gambling Expansion

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have approved a proposal giving the Legislature the authority to add a new batch of games at Deadwood casinos. Proposed constitutional amendment Q would allow casinos in the historic old west town to offer roulette, keno and craps. Those casinos currently offer slot machines, poker and blackjack....
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