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South Dakota House Approves Longer Abortion Wait

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a bill that could require women seeking abortions to wait longer after first seeing a doctor at an abortion clinic. The House voted 56-13 to pass a measure that says Saturdays, Sundays and holidays could not count in calculating the three-day wait. The bill...
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Tourism Department Plans June Bus Promotion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The four presidents on Mount Rushmore are going on tour. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is taking the four mascots on tour in the central United States in June as part of a promotion to drive more visitors to the state. Tourism Secretary James Hagen tells The Associated...
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SD Senate Endorses Needs-Based Scholarship Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has endorsed a plan to create a new scholarship program that would award money based on students’ financial needs. The Senate voted unanimously to keep the idea alive by sending a bill to the House of Representatives. The bill originally provided that $5 million would be...
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Former SD Legislator Diedtrich Dies in North Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota legislator Elmer Diedtrich has died. He was 85. Diedtrich, formerly of Mina and Aberdeen, served from 1989-1992 and 1999-2000 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. He served from 2001-2002 in the state Senate. He passed away Tuesday in Williston, N.D. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday...
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Avera St. Mary’s Announces TCU to be Moved from Hospital to Maryhouse

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Hospital said today that changes will soon be made to its Transitional Care Unit.  The TCU is currently located on the 4th floor of the hospital, but starting April 1, 2013, it will be relocated to a specialized area on the 2nd floor of Avera Maryhouse...
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Attorney General Jackley Warns Consumers of Sweepstakes Scams

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be cautious of sweepstakes scams that continue to circulate around the state.  Attorney General Marty Jackley says there are a few warning signs that a supposed sweepstakes “win” is a scam.  Tip-offs of fraud include sweepstakes that ask you...
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Pierre Man Arrested on Rape Charge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested Sunday after police investigated a report of Rape over the weekend.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Seventh Street where a 26-year-old Pierre woman told authorities she had been sexually assaulted.  About...
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Authorities Pleased with Results of Weekend Alcohol Compliance Check

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Alcohol compliance checks done at several businesses in Pierre, Blunt and Harrold over the weekend showed that almost all of the establishments turned away underage purchasers.  The Pierre Police Department yesterday said that the checks were done by the Pierre Police Department and Hughes County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. ...
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Interim Administrator of Avera Maryhouse LTC Named as Administrator

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s announced yesterday that Mark Schmidt has been appointed Administrator of Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care.  Schmidt has served as Interim Administrator for over a year-since December of 2011.  A press release from Avera St. Mary’s says that Schmidt will also continue serving as Executive Director of...
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SD Leads Nation in Native American Poverty Rate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – New Census numbers show that South Dakota leads the nation in the percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty line. Five years’ worth of data from The American Community Survey on poverty shows that more than 48 percent of the state’s 65,000 Native Americans live below the poverty...
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