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President Obama Opposes House Keystone Energy Pipeline Bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The White House said Tuesday that the bill “seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes” by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The...
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Scotland Woman Claims Ten Thousand Dollar Power Ball Prize

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Scotland woman has claimed her $10,000 Powerball prize.  South Dakota lottery officials say Pamela Cokeley matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the third prize in Saturday’s drawing.  The odds of winning are about one in 649,000.  The jackpot currently sits at $40...
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South Dakota Social Services Wants Indian Tribes Lawsuit Dropped

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by two tribes alleging that the state routinely breaks federal law governing foster care and adoptions for American Indian children.  The Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribes, along with...
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Larson to be School and Public Lands Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Vern Larson of Vivian as South Dakota’s commissioner of school and public lands. Larson, a former state treasurer and state auditor, will replace Jarrod Johnson as head of the agency that administers state lands set aside to support schools and state institutions. Johnson...
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USDA Says Above-Normal Temps, Dry Soil Help SD Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Above-normal temperatures and drier soils accelerated spring planting across South Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Winter wheat conditions were rated 31 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 8 percent...
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AG Jackley Releases Results of Sobriety Program

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nearly 120 people have taken nearly 125,000 sobriety tests using an ignition interlock device as part of South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety Program. Attorney General Marty Jackley released the testing results of the ignition interlock device on Monday. The devices have been a part of the 24/7 Sobriety Program since October....
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SD Discovery Center Opens New Traveling Exhibition Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center is opening its new traveling exhibition today.   The display will allow visitors to explore the science of how things move by land, sea and air.  Kristie Maher, Executive Director of the Discovery Center says in a press release that the exhibit is called “From...
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EMS Week Being Noted Through May 25

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota is noting Emergency Medical Services week this week; to recognize men and women involved in emergency medical services.  Governor Dennis Daugaard says in press release that the EMS system is made up of emergency physicians and nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators.  He says...
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SCSO: Fort Pierre Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault and Making a Terrorist Threat

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Fort Pierre man was arrested over the weekend after authorities were told that the man allegedly said he had placed an explosive device under a car.  Stanley County Chief Deputy Sheriff Greg Swanson says his office was contacted Saturday morning just after ten to respond to a...
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Track Pit Cushions Belonging to SCHS Taken from Behind Parkview Gym

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Stanley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of track equipment belonging to Stanley County High School.  Chief Deputy Sheriff Greg Swanson says the department was told on Friday morning that two track pit cushions had been taken from behind Parkview Gymnasium.  The cushions, measuring 8 x...
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