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Legislative Panel Tackles Economic Development

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A negotiating committee plans to hammer out proposed changes to a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan on the penultimate day of South Dakota’s main legislative session. Building South Dakota would be funded on an ongoing basis by a portion of the contractors’ excise tax collected on large projects and some...
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SD Lawmakers Prepare to Pass New State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature is working to pass a state budget before the main run of this year’s legislative session ends Friday. The Joint Appropriations Committee has delayed making amendments to the $4.1 billion budget until the panel can determine how much is available to spend for the operation of...
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ATF Head in Upper Midwest Takes Targeted Approach

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The new head of a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives division covering four states in the Upper Midwest is taking a targeted approach to fighting gun violence. Scott Sweetow has been special agent in charge of the ATF’s St. Paul Field Division for about a month....
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SD Legislature Bans Cellphone Use by Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has passed a measure banning beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel. The Senate voted 23-10 Wednesday to accept a change in the bill made by the House. The measure will become law if signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. The measure would ban young drivers...
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SD Eligibility Change for Prenatal Care Rejected

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has rejected a plan to provide government-funded prenatal care to more pregnant women. Prenatal care is now provided to women earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The Senate had passed a bill that would have changed the Medicaid program to cover women...
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Man Convicted on Assault and Firearm Charges Pleads Guilty to Separate Charge of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man who was found guilty in December by a jury of three charges-including Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence, Discharge of a Firearm at an Occupied Vehicle and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person-entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a separate charge of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance....
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft for Stealing Gun in 2011

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A woman who was indicted on Burglary and Grand Theft charges for crimes that were reported in Hughes County in 2011 entered a guilty plea to one of the counts yesterday.  23-year-old Sammone Flute was indicted on 12 separate counts for allegations that she took at least 11 different...
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House Approves Bill Expanding Tech School Bonds

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would allow more than $38 million in bonds to be sold to finance program expansions at two of the state’s four technical institutes. The measure increases the bonding limit to $18.5 million at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City to...
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Governor Daugaard Signs Veterans Bills March 6, 2013

Daugaard Signs Veterans Bills in Capitol Rotunda

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed four bills dealing with veterans issues during a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. The bills approve special license plates for veterans with disabilities, allow veterans to receive credit for certain military training and expertise, designate March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day and expedite...
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Governor Daugaard Appoints Pierre Man to Parole Board

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man has been appointed to the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Governor Dennis Daugaard has appointed Mark R. Smith to the position.  He will succeed William Grode of Rapid City, who recently resigned from the board.  Smith was a state assistant attorney general for 11...
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