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South Dakota Legislature: What to Know This Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Senate Transportation Committee is set to weigh a bill that would ban texting while driving across the state- a proposal that has been repeatedly rejected by the South Dakota Legislature. It’s one of several bills facing lawmakers this week when the legislative session reconvenes Tuesday. Now that some cities...
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Corn Shortage Idles 20 Ethanol Plants Nationwide

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production. The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nation’s 211...
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Interstates Closed Because of Wintry Conditions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State officials have started closing interstates in South Dakota and North Dakota as blizzard conditions move through the states. Terry Woster with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says Interstate 90 between Wall and Chamberlain. Interstate 29 has been closed from Watertown, S.D., to Fargo, N.D. Woster says falling...
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State Park Camping Reservation System New in 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Department of Game, Fish and Parks is working on a new reservation system, as it prepares to take reservations for visitors planning camping trips to state parks and recreation areas.  State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says the new website is still a work in progress and...
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The Buffalo King to be Shown Tomorrow in Pierre and Sunday in Philip

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brings a public screening for an hour long historical documentary on former west river resident James “Scotty” Philip.  The film, called “The Buffalo King” will be shown at Pierre’s State 1-2-3 Theater tomorrow morning and in Philip at the Gem Theatre on Sunday evening.  The production was put...
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Kristi Noem at CUC on February 7, 2013 (KGFX Photo)

Noem Holds Town Hall Meeting in Pierre Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) U.S. Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Pierre yesterday; speaking on a variety of topics and answering questions posed by the audience.  Noem stopped at Capital University Center in Pierre.  Organizers estimate that about 40 people were on hand for the meeting which lasted more than...
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Governor Daugaard on July 18, 2012 (KGFX Photo)

SD Governor Says State Revenue Hitting Projections

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says there’s good news and bad news regarding state tax collections. Daugaard says the revenue collected through the end of January almost exactly matches projections made when he presented his state budget proposal in December. He says that means there’s no indication that there will...
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Attorney General Marty Jackley

A.G. Marty Jackley Says SD’s Sobriety Program Gets National Recognition

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program has been selected as one of the 10 best criminal justice innovative practices in the country. Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced that the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation is honoring...
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SD Governor Wants Flexibility in Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hopes Congress will change the federal health care law to give states more flexibility in expanding Medicaid. Daugaard wants the state to delay a decision on whether to add thousands of South Dakotans to the state-federal program that pays medical bills for low-income...
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Central Plains Expecting Weekend Winter Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Parts of the Dakotas are in for a weekend winter storm. South Dakota is expected to get the brunt of the winter blast moving out of the Rockies and into the Central Plains. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch late Saturday through Sunday for portions of the...
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