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SD Schools Slow to Use Law Allowing Armed Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota school districts can arm teachers, other staff or volunteers with guns under a new state law taking effect Monday. But officials say they know of no district that has taken formal steps to designate so-called sentinels to beef up school security. The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Scott Craig...
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Judge Upholds Sentence in Cab Driver Killing in 1996 in Stanley County

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has upheld the 261-year prison sentence given to a Minnesota man who was 16 when he was involved in the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a Pierre taxicab driver. Shawn Cameron Springer, who is now 34, pleaded guilty in 1996 to kidnapping for his role...
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USDA Says South Dakota Farmers Plant Fewer Acres of Corn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers have planted 4 percent fewer acres of corn than last year’s record crop. The Agriculture Department’s June acreage report estimates the state’s corn crop at 5.9 million acres. South Dakota’s soybean crop is estimated at 4.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012. Winter wheat acres...
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South Dakota Awards $4.9M in Environmental Grants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $4.9 million in grants and loans for drinking water, wastewater, storm water and recycling projects. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says residents will get better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced environmental protection. The board approved $1.56 million in grants and...
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Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in NM-Similar Permits Could Come to Iowa and Missouri

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Federal officials have granted a southeastern New Mexico company’s request to open a horse slaughterhouse. Officials also say Friday that they plan to grant similar permits to operations in Iowa and Missouri. With the action, Valley Meat Co. of Roswell is set to become the first operation in the nation...
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President Approves Disaster Declaration for Five SD Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says five South Dakota counties, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, will receive federal financial help to recover from severe weather in late May. The system produced a tornado, severe storms and flooding in Corson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Union and Bennett counties. President Barack Obama signed a Presidential...
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Work Underway by Legion Commander to Revitalize Fort Pierre’s American Legion Post 20

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Members of an American Legion Post based in Fort Pierre are leading a revitalization effort to return the post to an active status.  Former Pierre Post 8 Commander Royce Loesch of Pierre and Post 20 member John Duffy are spearheading a move to reactivate Fort Pierre’s American Legion...
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Salmon Anglers Reminded of Study Underway on Fish Caught on Oahe

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Anglers in South Dakota are being asked to help with an evaluation being done on Chinook salmon on Lake Oahe.  South Dakota’s Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking anglers to turn in the heads of tagged Chinook salmon caught on Lake Oahe and the Oahe Tailwaters.  Game...
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Judge Gives Okay to Use of McCahren Evaluation in Upcoming Hearing

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A judge has turned down a request by lawyers for a Pierre teenager-charged in the shooting death of another teen-to keep the boy’s comments on the case from being used at an upcoming transfer hearing.  17-year-old Braiden McCahren was indicted as an adult on charges of First Degree Murder,...
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1996 Stanley County Kidnapping and Homicide Case to be Looked at by Judge in Fort Pierre Courtroom Today

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A hearing will be held in Stanley County Circuit Court today regarding a 1996 kidnapping and homicide case.  Stanley County States Attorney Tom P. Maher says that Shawn Cameron Springer was convicted of Kidnapping in October of that year for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of...
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