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SD Health Care Officials Urge Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Doctors and directors of health care facilities say South Dakota should expand its Medicaid program to provide health insurance to thousands more low-income people. They told a state task force that people who are currently uninsured wait too long to get medical care and wind up in emergency rooms getting...
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SDSU Extension Sponsored Tree Seminar to be Held Tonight in Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tonight will bring a tree seminar to Pierre, which will feature SDSU’s Extension Forestry Specialist and other speakers.  Dr. John Ball will talk about the ongoing effects of the 2011 flood on the trees in flood impacted areas of Pierre and Fort Pierre.  He will also cover some information...
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NWS Says Some Precip and Temperature Records Broken in Central SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says several records have been set in central parts of the state in the past few days. According to the Weather Service’s Aberdeen office, a record April snowfall has been recorded at Pierre with 20.8 inches so far this month.  The old record April snowfall...
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SD Discovery Center Makes Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium is now known as the South Dakota Discovery Center.  Center Director Kristie Maher says the three 150 gallon tanks that had been in place in the building since 1990 were removed a few days ago.  Maher says the Game, Fish and Parks...
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Cowboy Poetry Week Highlighted in SD by Governor, Dakota Western Heritage Festival Organizers and Others

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed this week as Cowboy Poetry Week in South Dakota.  The state designation is part of National Cowboy Poetry Week.  In the proclamation issued by the Governor’s office, Daugaard cites the preservation of cowboy poetry as an important historical documentation of the heritage of South...
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USDA Says Stormy Weather in SD Limits Spring Fieldwork

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Snow, freezing rain and cold weather has limited spring fieldwork in South Dakota over the past week. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that the planting of crops is on hold. The report also says the spring storms have caused problems for ranchers in...
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Herseth Sandlin Might Decide Soon on US Senate Run

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says she expects to decide soon whether to run for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. The former Democratic congresswoman tells the Argus Leader newspaper that she’s seriously considering a run, and is being encouraged by both...
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Forecast: Dakotas in Store for Weekend Warm-up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – After a cold and snowy early spring, residents of the Dakotas are looking forward to a weekend warm-up. The National Weather Service says high temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s and 60s in North Dakota and into the 60s and 70s in South Dakota. That will be...
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SD Man Charged with Threatening Senator Tim Johnson

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man accused of threatening U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson because the senator supports gun control has been taken into custody. According to documents filed in federal court, Jonathan Constantine of Piedmont has been charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another. Constantine allegedly posted a...
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EPA Again Questions Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency again is raising objections to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. Despite more than four years of study, the State Department’s analysis of the project’s environmental impact is “insufficient,” the EPA said Monday. In a letter...
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