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Senate Endorses Constitutional Amendment on Taxes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote to pass any ballot measure imposing a new tax or increasing an existing one. A two-thirds vote is already required in the Legislature to pass a new tax or increase the rate of an...
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SD Delegation Reacts to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Democratic member of South Dakota’s congressional delegation says President Barack Obama is taking the country in the right direction, but the two Republican members say Obama’s State of the Union address did not show leadership. Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson says he likes Obama’s focus on jobs, the middle...
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23 Rural South Dakota Hospitals Receive Funding

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Twenty-three hospitals in rural South Dakota will receive more than $278,000 in funding for projects to improve patient access, reduce medication errors, reduce hospital readmissions and improve operations. The money comes from the federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. The funding amounts to each hospital range from $6,325 to $15,000....
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SD Governor Signs Bill Deleting Offensive Terms

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill updating language in state laws referring to people with intellectual disabilities. The governor says the bill eliminates outdated and offensive references in state law such as “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded.” When the law takes effect July 1, new language will...
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Feds Sentence 12 For Illegally Trafficking Birds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Twelve people in South Dakota and Montana have been sentenced for trafficking federally protected migratory birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the two-year investigation. During the investigation, agents documented 43 transactions of protected migratory birds, primarily bald and golden eagles. Officials say bald and golden eagle carcasses...
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South Dakota Man Dies During Weekend Blizzard

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – A Redfield man has died after he abandoned his car during this past weekend’s blizzard. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells KSFY-TV that 58-year-old Kevin Cranston was found on Monday morning. Cranston was reported missing Sunday evening after he did not return from work. Schurch says searchers found Cranston’s car...
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Hollywood Tonight Raises More than $20,000 for MSDVC

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weekend’s “Hollywood Tonight” raised more than $20,000 for Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center.  The theme for Saturday’s event was “Pierre’s Got Talent”.  Several talented performers showed their entertainment skills-from dancing to singing and comedy.  A panel of local judges helped choose the award winners.  Ryan Sheldon was selected...
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More Meetings Being Held on Post Office Hour Changes. Congresswoman Noem Weighs in on Postal Cutbacks

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This month brings more meetings to a handful of South Dakota towns in which the U.S. Postal Service is reducing counter service hours at post offices.  A meeting was scheduled last week in Kennebec, which would see its window hours dropped from eight to four hours.  The Postal Service...
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Flu Continues to be Widespread in State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Flu in South Dakota continues to be classified as “widespread” by the South Dakota Department of Health.  The latest weekly flu summary showed that this flu season has brought more than 770 lab confirmed cases of influenza and 272 hospitalizations.  25 people have succumbed to flu.  South Dakota State...
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Pierre School Board Accepts Retirement and Resignations Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board accepted three notices of retirement or resignations yesterday at their monthly meeting. Submitting her retirement was Glenda Woodburn, who is currently a math teacher at Georgia Morse Middle School.  She has served the Pierre School District for 25 years, starting her career in the district...
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