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South Dakota State Human Resources Commissioner Retiring

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Sandy Zinter, the head of South Dakota state government’s personnel agency, is retiring.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hates to see Zinter retire from her job as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources, but he understands her desire to spend more time with her family.  Zinter has led...
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South Dakota Court says Plea Bargain was Unconstitutional

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court says plea bargains that defer prosecution for crimes cannot force defendants to plead guilty later if they violate the terms of probation.  The high court’s ruling overturns a South Dakota man’s conviction of grand theft for allegedly stealing a car in August 2010.  Travis...
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Bank Robbery Suspects Sentenced, will be Deported

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Mexican couple who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,000 from a Pierre bank last November has been sentenced to time behind bars and will face deportation.   37-year-old Ismael Espinoza Ortiz was sentenced to seven years each for bank larceny and illegal re-entry after deportation, with the sentences...
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April Weather puts Damper on Special South Dakota Goose Hunt

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials say a cold April with snow and ice storms put a damper on an experimental monthlong program to reduce Canada geese depredation in six problem counties.  Keith Fisk with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says that only 820 geese were killed. Officials were hoping that...
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