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SD Lawmakers Try Again to Pass Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are making a last-minute attempt to pass a measure banning texting while driving before the main run of this year’s legislative session ends Friday. The bill was thought to be dead Tuesday when a negotiating committee of House and Senate members failed to reach agreement. But the...
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SD Lawmakers Putting Finishing Touches on Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee is starting to put the finishing touches on next year’s state budget. The Joint Appropriations Committee will meet Thursday to consider a long list of proposed amendments to the bill. The committee needs to finish work on the spending measure so the House and...
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Governor Picks Reps for SD Trade Mission to China

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says representatives from 11 companies and groups will join him on his next trade mission to China. The governor and other state officials will travel to China in mid-May. It will be Daugaard’s third trade mission to the world’s most populous nation. Daugaard says exporting is essential...
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Corps Says Missouri River Reservoirs Well Positioned for Spring Runoff

OMAHA, NEBRASKA (DRG News) A Corps of Engineers official says that despite above normal mountain snowpack, 2014 does not promise to bring flooding similar to 2011. Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division in Omaha says as of March 7, the mountain snowpack was 127 percent of normal in the...
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