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No Venue Change in Federal Court for SD Kidnapping Suspect

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is refusing to move the trial of a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his daughter. Thirty-six-year-old Clinton Brown, of Presho, is charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. He asked U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange to move...
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SD Tribes to File Lawsuit Against Social Services

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are expected to file a class action lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state’s Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act. The federal law requires that Native American children removed from homes be placed with relatives or put in...
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SD Governor Signs Scholarship Bill to Recruit Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a measure that creates a college scholarship program aimed at recruiting new teachers into critically needed fields. College students who agree to teach in critical areas for five years after graduation could compete for scholarships. Those scholarships would help cover tuition and fees...
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SD Governor Signs Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that prohibits beginning drivers from using cellphones when they’re behind the wheel. The new law will ban young drivers from using cellphones or other electronic devices until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. A law officer could not...
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SD Governor Signs Bill to Set Up Fight Commission

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure setting up a state athletic commission to regulate boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Daugaard had originally opposed the bill because it would legitimize mixed martial arts fights, which he said are so violent they don’t deserve to be...
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SD Development Incentive Program Given Final Approval

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota now has a new economic development program intended to help recruit large projects to the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday signed the measure passed by the Legislature into law. It takes effect immediately. South Dakota had no incentive plan because a previous program was allowed to expire...
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SD Governor Approves State Budget; Blocks One Part

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved the $4.1 billion state budget passed by the Legislature, but he vetoed a part that directs how some money will be distributed to the state’s four technical schools. The governor says he does not object to giving the money to the technical institutes,...
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SD Governor Vetoes Boost in Fertilizer Fee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a measure that would increase a state fee imposed for inspecting commercial fertilizer. The measure would increase the inspection fee on most fertilizer from 15 cents a ton to 30 cents a ton, with the extra money going to South Dakota State University...
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Train Depot Once Again Calls Fort Pierre “Home”

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local residents can now easily get a first hand look at the Fort Pierre Train Depot.  The building spent about 50 years on a northwest South Dakota ranch and has been returned to its hometown.  The depot was moved by Mayberry Movers from the Mud Butte area to...
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Annual Bake and Take Day Scheduled for Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Wheat Commission’s annual “Bake and Take Day” is coming up this week end.  This year’s Bake and Take Day will be held Saturday and as part of the day, home bakers of all ages are invited to bake home-made goodies and share them with friends, neighbors...
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