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Quirk in Health Law Will Affect Few in Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A quirk in the federal health care law that could force tens of thousands of people who identify as Native American to start paying for insurance or pay a fine isn’t expected to affect many in the Dakotas. Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from the Affordable Care...
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Senate OKs Measure Blocking Fees for Missouri River H2O

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment blocking the Corps of Engineers from charging fees to access water in upper Missouri River reservoirs. The effort spearheaded by senators from the Dakotas and Montana is part of the 2013 Water Resources Development Act, which now goes to the House. The corps...
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Law Enforcers Honored Today for Peace Officers Memorial Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, and as happens each year in Pierre, the day has been noted with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Law Enforcement Memorial along Capitol Lake and a memorial service at a local church. Earlier this morning, a wreath was placed before a monument...
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Armed Man Causes Scare at SD Indian School

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – An apparently armed and suicidal person prompted a brief lockdown at the St. Joseph’s Indian School campus in Chamberlain. Police responded to the school Monday afternoon after a report that a former school employee was on campus with a handgun, threatening to kill himself. Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The...
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AP Exclusive: Health Reforms Penalize Some Indians

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – For decades, the government has paid for American Indians’ and Alaska Natives’ health care as part of its longstanding treaty obligations to tribes. But under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, tens of thousands of Native Americans are about to face a new reality. They will have to buy their...
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Corps Officials to Keep Conserving Missouri River Water

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water flowing into the Missouri River is expected to remain lower than usual, so officials are conserving water in the river’s reservoirs. Officials said Tuesday the drought continues to affect the river because much of the snowmelt and rainfall in the seven-state region is being absorbed into...
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Powerball Jackpot Balloons to $360M in Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Powerball jackpot has ballooned to $360 million in a matter of weeks, a jump that’s propelled it to be the third largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh largest jackpot in history. Lottery officials say the “cross-selling” of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, as well as a game redesign...
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SD Part of National Settlement with Drug Company

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will get more than $1 million as its share of a national settlement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer that allegedly distributed substandard drugs. Jackley says South Dakota joined with other states and the federal government in a $500 million dollar settlement to resolve allegations...
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Budget Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota will be reducing extended unemployment compensation benefits by nearly 17 percent as part of federal budget cuts. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation says the benefits will be reduced by 16.8 percent. It affects all claimants filing for benefits beginning the week of June 2 and...
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Organizations With Storm Damage Eligible for SBA Loans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Small Business Administration says low-interest federal disaster loans are available to certain private, nonprofit organizations in South Dakota because of an April winter snowstorm. SBA Administrator Karen Mills says organizations that provide essential governmental services in Douglas, Hutchinson, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Shannon and Turner counties are eligible for...
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