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SD Panel Endorses Statewide Drivers Ed System and Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure that would ban beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. The Transportation Committee also passed a bill that would set up a statewide coordinated drivers’ education system. However, the panel rejected another...
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DPS: Traffic Fatalities Up From 2011, Down From Average

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say the number of traffic fatalities in the state were up in 2012, but below the average for the last 10 years. State Department of Public Safety figures show there were 134 people killed on the roads last year, up from 111 fatalities in 2011. The average...
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SD Bill Says Military Training Counts for Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill allowing military training and experience to count toward getting state licenses or certifications in civilian occupations. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the House. The bill will become law if signed...
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Lack of Snow Cover Worries Some SD Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some farmers and ranchers in South Dakota are concerned about the lack of snow-cover protection for their winter wheat, That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop report. The report says average snow depth for February across the state was 7 inches with temperatures mixed. Winter wheat...
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SD Lawmakers Look at Teen Driving Safety Measures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee is looking at a package of bills aimed at reducing teen traffic fatalities and injuries. One of the measures would ban beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel until they can get an unrestricted license at age 16. Another bill would require those with...
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Onida Man Killed After Struck by Tree Being Cut Down in Vacant Lot

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) An Onida man died after he was struck by a tree that was being cut down on the east side of Onida this morning.  Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl says 78-year-old Wayne Rawstern was helping neighbors as they worked to cut down a large tree in a vacant lot...
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SD House Panel Endorses Fight Regulation Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a bill that would create a state athletic commission to regulate professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. The panel voted unanimously to send the bill to the full House despite Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s continued opposition. Daugaard has said he opposes the bill...
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Dakota Western Heritage Festival Scheduled for September 14 & 15 in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers have been working to prepare for a fall event that once again will celebrate the skills and talents of cowboys and cowgirls.  The second annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival will be held September 14 & 15 at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre.  Gary Heintz, who co-chairs...
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SDHP: One Vehicle Accident Near Presho Yesterday Results in Death of Pierre Woman

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman died in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 near Presho last night around 11:20 p.m.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Casey Lynn Crane was driving her car westbound near mile marker 225 when the vehicle left the roadway and continued into the median.  The...
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Eagle Butte Man Convicted of Assault in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An Eagle Butte man was convicted during a federal jury trial last week of one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  31-year-old Leon Donald Farlee was found guilty of the charges as part of a four day federal...
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