Regional Indian Health Service Agency Changes Name

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service has changed its name after more than half a century, following consultations with tribal leaders in the region. The agency that oversees 19 federally and tribally managed service units in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa is now known as the Great Plains...
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SD Officials: Inmate Dies of Apparent Suicide

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota prisons agency says an inmate has died of an apparent suicide. The Department of Corrections on Friday said 33-year-old Heidi VandenBosch was found unresponsive in her cell at the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre on Wednesday. She was transported to a local hospital and later airlifted...
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Update on Water Main Break Along Wells/New Line Leak Being Worked on Along Fifth Street

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre city crews have completed work on a water main leak that was reported along Wells Avenue Thursday-west of the Wells and Harrison Avenue intersection.    The leak was noted yesterday morning and it was located in an area on the south side of Wells late this morning.  Lynn Patton...
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Senator Thune Discusses Recent Nebraska Ruling on Keystone XL Pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Senator John Thune is weighing in on recent news regarding the Keystone XL pipeline from Nebraska. A judge ruled Wednesday that the Nebraska Public Service Commission should have had the chance to approve or reject the pipeline’s route through that state. The state is appealing and reports are that the Nebraska...
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Display at Capitol This Morning Marked a Milestone in the State’s History

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol Rotunda was the location for a special display today to mark the anniversary of the passage of the Enabling Act of 1889. People had the chance to see the pen that was used to sign the proclamation of statehood for South Dakota, as well as other artifacts....
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Meeting to be Held Today in Fort Pierre on Potential 2011 Flood Lawsuit

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A public information meeting will be held in Fort Pierre today for public discussion of a potential lawsuit regarding the 2011 Missouri River flood.  The meeting will be at the AmericInn later this afternoon.  Representatives from the Polsinelli Law Firm in Kansas City, Missouri will be on hand...
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SD Panel Passes One Human Trafficking Bill, Kills Two

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee has reviewed three bills on human trafficking in an emotional hearing Friday. A trafficking victim drew the sympathy of many in the room, including legislators and opponents to the bills. The panel gave unanimous support for one bill to allow victims to seek financial...
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4G LTE Network to Cover Crow Creek Reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new wireless broadband service will soon cover the Crow Creek reservation. The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Friday announced that Native American Telecom will operate a 4G LTE service in the reservation in central South Dakota. Crow Creek Chairman Brandon Sazue says the move is a “historic” step...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has decided the state should keep the death penalty. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 to reject a measure that would have repealed the death penalty. Relatives of two murder victims urged that the death penalty be kept, while the father of another victim...
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ND Leads Nation in Health, Well-Being; SD No. 2

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota leads the nation for well-being and South Dakota is second. That’s according to a survey of 178,000 Americans nationwide that takes a look at the physical and emotional health of the nation. North Dakota tops the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index with an overall score of 70.4 out of...
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