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Forecasters Watching Developing Weather for Region

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The forecast currently has a Winter Storm Watch mentioned for later this evening through much of Thursday.  The National Weather Service continues to keep an eye on how the potential storm is developing.  Dan Mohr with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen said this morning that it is possible...
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SD Tribe Seeking Designs for Sioux Coin

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Oglala Sioux Tribe is seeking design ideas from the public for a new Sioux Nation dollar coin. The tribe’s Office of Economic Development is working with the Native American Mint on the contest. The winning design will be displayed on a 39 millimeter coin. Designs should represent Sioux...
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SD Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are taking another look at the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover thousands more people. The House and Senate committees on Health and Human Services are holding a joint meeting Wednesday to consider the advantages and drawbacks of expanding the program as part of the federal health...
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SD Senate Passes Incentives for Wind Projects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would provide financial incentives to encourage construction of wind power projects in the state. The Senate voted 26-7 to send the proposal to the House of Representatives. The bill would give a wind project an incentive payment roughly equal to 2...
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SD Senate Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure that would ban texting while driving. Senators voted 24-9 to approve the bill and send it to the House, which has rejected similar bills in recent years. Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia already ban texting behind the wheel. The bill...
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USDA Says Number of Farms in ND, SD Decreases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms in North Dakota and South Dakota decreased in 2012 but the average size of each farm increased. According to the USDA, there were 300 fewer farms in South Dakota in 2012 compared to 2011. The total number of farms...
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TransCanada: Pipeline Would Not Affect Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top executive of a Canadian company that has proposed an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas says the project will have no measurable effect on global warming. Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have grossly inflated its likely...
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Third Person Sentenced for Having a Role in Theft of Vehicle from Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Nebraska woman was sentenced to spend two years in prison for her guilty plea to Grand Theft.  19-year-old Cassandra McVay appeared in court this morning.  She is one of four people who were charged after a pickup was stolen from just outside Fort Pierre city limits last...
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Railroad Crossings in Pierre to See Safety Upgrades in Coming Months

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight railroad crossings in the city of Pierre will be the focus of safety upgrades in the coming months.  Andy Cummings of the Canadian Pacific Railroad says that gates, lights and bells will be added to eight crossings-from Poplar Avenue on Pierre’s west side-to as far east as Sandwedge...
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Thune to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Mobridge Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) U.S. Senator John Thune will hold a town hall meeting in Mobridge tomorrow.  The morning event will take place at the Moose Lodge at 1109 West Grand Crossing.  The Senator’s office says he will talk about debt ceiling negotiations and the need to cut spending in Washington, among other...
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