SD House Speaker Brian Gosch Proposes Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – In a surprise move, South Dakota House Speaker Brian Gosch has proposed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Gosch initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from imposing their own texting bans, which upset many city officials from across the state. But in the bill’s first...
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SD Panel Kills Bill to Drug Test People on Welfare

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has killed a bill that would have established drug testing of welfare recipients. The Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to defeat the measure. Supporters of the bill say it would have discouraged illegal drug use and promoted stable families. Opponents argue...
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Salazar: Build Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built. Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental...
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Two Arrested This Morning in Pierre for Theft by Deception for What Police are Calling a “Quick Change” Scam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two Iowa residents were arrested this morning in Pierre for their alleged involvement in what police are calling a “quick change” scam. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says taken into custody this morning were 37-year-old Aimee Nicholson of Des Moines, Iowa and 30-year-old Joseph Barnes of Council Bluff, Iowa....
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SD Committee: Classes to Start at End of August

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has passed a measure that would prevent public schools from starting classes before the last Monday in August. The State Affairs Committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill. Supporters say it will allow more time for students to gain additional summer work experience, attend the...
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UPDATE: Woman Dies in Dakotas With No Propane to Heat Home

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – A woman has been found dead in her home with an empty propane tank on the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas. Tribal and Sioux County authorities told The Bismarck Tribune and KXMB-TV that Debbie Dogskin was found dead on Tuesday morning in a Fort Yates mobile home. She...
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Study Suggests More Oversight for US EB-5 Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report from a Washington think tank suggests that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should get help from the Department of Commerce to oversee projects funded by the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-cards immigration program. Brookings Institution senior fellow Audrey Singer says transferring functions that have to do with...
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Lawmakers Consider Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee is considering a bill that would require state officials to develop testing procedures that would determine whether people applying for welfare programs are using illegal drugs. The bill would require the state Department of Social Services to develop a procedure to screen people for drug...
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SD House Urges Hearings on Development Agency

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a resolution calling for a legislative committee to conduct hearings into the operations of the state’s economic development agency. Representatives voted 51-18 for the measure, which next goes to the Senate. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee will hold hearings after several reviews...
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SD Senate: Local Governments Can’t Ban Dog Breeds

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would forbid local governments from banning specific breeds of dogs has passed the South Dakota Senate by a narrow margin. Senators voted 19-16 on Tuesday to advance the measure to the state’s House. Supporters argue that the breed of a dog does not indicate its risk to...
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