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Medicaid Task Force Continues Meeting Today in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state task force studying the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 48,000 low-income South Dakotans meets Wednesday as it nears the end of its study. The panel, appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, will not recommend whether the program should be expanded, but instead will identify the...
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Fireworks Go On Sale Thursday in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks. Legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota starts Thursday. People can discharge fireworks legally up until July 7...
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More Than 300 SD Firefighters Helping in Colorado

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – More than 300 firefighters from across South Dakota are helping battle the wildfires raging in Colorado. The Rapid City Journal reports that some of the South Dakota firefighters are nearing the end of a 14-day rotation in a region where fires have burned across rugged mesas and mountains. Jay...
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Both Sides See Hopeful Signs in Obama’s Comments on Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas are each finding some reason for optimism in President Barack Obama’s comments today about the standard that should be applied in approving or rejecting the project. Obama, in a speech at Georgetown University, said the pipeline should only be...
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Supreme Court Ruling Assault on Tribes, Abourezk Says

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The former South Dakota lawmaker who authored the law meant to keep Native American families together called Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that a Native American child doesn’t have to be given to her biological parent “an assault on tribal sovereignty.” The justices ruled that the Indian Child Welfare...
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SD Officials Pleased with Ruling on Voting Rights

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say they are pleased with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal law requiring federal approval of state and local laws that might restrict the voting rights of minorities. The Supreme Court says the law cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a...
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Obama Approves Disaster Declaration for Storms on Standing Rock

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation following severe storms and flooding. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe requested federal aid following the storms and flooding during the end of May and beginning of June. The funding will help cover the cost to repair...
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Avera St. Mary’s Hospital to Start Renovations in July

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Hospital will soon be the focus of a series of renovations that officials say will help better meet the needs of a changing healthcare environment and better utilize facility space.  A press release from Avera St. Mary’s says the facility recently contracted with BWBR Architects of...
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Oahe Farm & Ranch Show Wrapping Up Day One…Lots More to Come Tomorrow!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) You still have a little more time today to take in day one of the Oahe Farm & Ranch Show, being held at the Oahe Speedway north of Pierre on Highway 1804.  The speedway grounds are covered with tons of booths, exhibitors, various types of equipment and more.  Wednesday...
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Organizers Happy with Oahe Days 2013!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Oahe Days 2013 has been declared a success by event organizers.  Brad Curtis who serves on the Oahe Days committee says although rains popped up at times during the three day festival, great crowds showed up to take in the food, crafts, bands and carnival. http://www.drgnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Brad-Curtis1j24.mp3 The 2011 flood...
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