Senator John Thune

Thune Talks About Budget Reform Act of 2013

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Senator John Thune says he’s not certain what the future will bring for his bill that would change the nation’s budget process.  Earlier this month, the Republican Senator reintroduced legislation dubbed the Budget Reform Act of 2013.  The bill would require Congress to set up a timeline in which...
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Rod Fisher Recognized as “Voice of the Pierre Governors”

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Congratulations to Rod Fisher…Dakota Radio Group Sports Director…who was honored earlier this month by parents, players, coaches and fans of Pierre basketball.  A statement was read recognizing Rod at the February 15 home finale for the Governor’s Boys Basketball team.  Before tip-off, Rod was given a standing ovation by...
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Businesses Are Being Warned of Labor Law Poster Scams

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Businesses in South Dakota are being warned to be watchful of poster scams from companies that are selling various federal agency postings that are available at no cost.  The Attorney General’s Office and South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation both report the labor law poster scams that are...
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USDA Deputy Secretary to Travel to SD Wednesday and Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) The Deputy Secretary for the Department of Agriculture will be in the state tomorrow and Thursday to announce research grants to fight U.S. and global hunger and promote rural business development.  Tomorrow in Brookings, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will hold a press conference to announce new USDA grants which...
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OSHA Investigation Into the Deaths of Gettysburg Men Complete

BISMARCK, N.D. – (DRG News) Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have completed an investigation into the deaths of two Gettysburg men last fall.  50-year-old Kirk Hansen and his son, 20-year-old Erik Hansen, were overcome by sewer gases while they worked at a lift station at West Whitlock Resort west of Gettysburg...
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SD Panel Endorses Statewide Drivers Ed System and Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has endorsed a measure that would ban beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. The Transportation Committee also passed a bill that would set up a statewide coordinated drivers’ education system. However, the panel rejected another...
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DPS: Traffic Fatalities Up From 2011, Down From Average

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota officials say the number of traffic fatalities in the state were up in 2012, but below the average for the last 10 years. State Department of Public Safety figures show there were 134 people killed on the roads last year, up from 111 fatalities in 2011. The average...
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SD Bill Says Military Training Counts for Licenses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a bill allowing military training and experience to count toward getting state licenses or certifications in civilian occupations. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the House. The bill will become law if signed...
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Lack of Snow Cover Worries Some SD Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some farmers and ranchers in South Dakota are concerned about the lack of snow-cover protection for their winter wheat, That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop report. The report says average snow depth for February across the state was 7 inches with temperatures mixed. Winter wheat...
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SD Lawmakers Look at Teen Driving Safety Measures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative committee is looking at a package of bills aimed at reducing teen traffic fatalities and injuries. One of the measures would ban beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel until they can get an unrestricted license at age 16. Another bill would require those with...
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