Governor Daugaard on July 18, 2012 (KGFX Photo)

SD Governor Approves Longer Abortion Wait in Some Cases

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill extending in some cases what is already the nation’s longest waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion. Daugaard announced that he signed the legislation on Friday. Women seeking abortions in South Dakota currently must wait three days after seeing...
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Construction Workers Looking at Blueprints

SD Legislature Passes Economic Development Plan for Large Projects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has passed a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan intended to help recruit projects to the state. After a negotiating committee added $7 million to kick-start the plan, the House voted 60-6 and the Senate voted 31-2 to pass it. The measure will become law if Gov....
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SD Legislature Works on Budget at End of Session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are working to pass a state budget as the main run of this year’s legislative session comes to an end. The budget is the biggest remaining issue facing the Legislature. The Joint Appropriations Committee hoped to finish work on the $4.1 billion spending plan by midday so...
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SD Legislature Creates Two Scholarship Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has created two new scholarship programs. The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to accept House changes to bills that will create the scholarships. The measures will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. One measure will set up a program that will award scholarships based...
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SD Department of Agriculture

SDDA to Hold Office Tours as Part of 110th Anniversary This Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year marks the 110th anniversary for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.  A legislative commemoration was offered last month by a handful of lawmakers to bring attention to the department’s many years of service to the state’s farmers and ranchers.  In honor of the anniversary, the department will...
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Pierre Courtroom Doors (KGFX News)

Pierre Man Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge and Resisting Arrest

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including Aggravated Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest.  38-year-old Kevin Turkey was arrested last October after Pierre Police responded to a loud noise complaint.  As police tried to arrest him, allegations are that Turkey resisted and police...
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Solem Public Safety Center and Pierre Police Department

Two New Communications Officers Hired for Pierre Police Department

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two new Communications Officers have been added to the Pierre Police Department’s Central South Dakota Communications Center.  Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre says Communications Officer Maggie Murphy began training on February 20 and Jamie Pesicka started training on Monday.  They will both complete three weeks of initial in-house training...
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Linda Daugaard

First Lady Linda Daugaard to Speak Tonight at Cen-Kota Republican Women Event

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Cen-Kota Republican Women will meet tonight in Fort Pierre and the gathering will feature special guest speaker First Lady Linda Daugaard.  The First Lady will speak about the work done by the South Dakota Infant Mortality Task Force.  Club President Teresa Bray says the group comes together...
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Bundles of Twenty Dollar Bills

Two to be Sentenced in May for Theft of Money from BankWest

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sentencing will be held in May for two people accused of Bank Larceny in federal court.  Ismael Espinoza Ortiz, also known is Misael Sereseres Ortega and Alejandra Corral Madrid appeared separately in federal court in Pierre Wednesday to change their pleas.  Ortiz and Madrid both pleaded guilty to Bank...
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Capitol (KGFX Photo)

$7M Tag, Safety Valve Added by Legislative Committee to SD Development Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan headed to floors of the South Dakota House and Senate now contains a $7 million appropriation and a safety valve to halt spending if times are tough. A negotiating committee made the changes Thursday during the penultimate day of South Dakota’s main legislative session....
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