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SD Board Approves Oil Drilling Permit in New Area

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state board has approved permits allowing a new company to drill two oil and gas wells in a part of western South Dakota far from existing wells. The Board of Minerals and Environment voted unanimously to let Quartz Operations drill the wells about 9,700 feet deep about two miles...
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Warm Spring, Continued Drought Predicted for US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half...
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SD Gov OKs Bill Boosting Lawmaker Expense Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that increases the daily allowance South Dakota lawmakers get to cover the cost of lodging, meals and other expenses during the annual legislative sessions. The bill increases the current expense payment of $110 a day to $123 a day, with changes...
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Woman Found Slain Near Chamberlain Laid to Rest

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman who was found slain in a shed on a farmstead near Chamberlain a week ago has been laid to rest. The Daily Republic newspaper reports that about 150 people turned out Wednesday for the funeral of 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in Mitchell. The Rev. John Hansen said Schulz...
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No Venue Change in Federal Court for SD Kidnapping Suspect

PRESHO, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is refusing to move the trial of a South Dakota man accused of kidnapping his daughter. Thirty-six-year-old Clinton Brown, of Presho, is charged in federal court with being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. He asked U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange to move...
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SD Tribes to File Lawsuit Against Social Services

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Native American tribes in South Dakota are expected to file a class action lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state’s Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act. The federal law requires that Native American children removed from homes be placed with relatives or put in...
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SD Governor Signs Scholarship Bill to Recruit Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a measure that creates a college scholarship program aimed at recruiting new teachers into critically needed fields. College students who agree to teach in critical areas for five years after graduation could compete for scholarships. Those scholarships would help cover tuition and fees...
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SD Governor Signs Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that prohibits beginning drivers from using cellphones when they’re behind the wheel. The new law will ban young drivers from using cellphones or other electronic devices until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. A law officer could not...
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SD Governor Signs Bill to Set Up Fight Commission

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure setting up a state athletic commission to regulate boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Daugaard had originally opposed the bill because it would legitimize mixed martial arts fights, which he said are so violent they don’t deserve to be...
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SD Development Incentive Program Given Final Approval

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota now has a new economic development program intended to help recruit large projects to the state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday signed the measure passed by the Legislature into law. It takes effect immediately. South Dakota had no incentive plan because a previous program was allowed to expire...
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