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Releases Into Missouri River Will be Increased

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will be increased this week because of concerns about colder temperatures, but the increase isn’t likely to boost the level of the Mississippi River downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to gradually increase the amount of...
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Avera Health Adds Pierre Hospital to Network

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Avera Health is buying St. Mary’s Healthcare Center in Pierre in a merger that will give the Sioux Falls-based health network a stronger foothold in central South Dakota. The deal takes effect with the new year and includes St. Mary’s 60-bed hospital in Pierre and a 10-bed affiliate hospital...
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Feds Announce Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Effort

DENVER (AP) – A memorandum of understanding between federal and state agencies would allow routine grazing for property owners who agree to set aside land as black-footed ferret habitat. The Safe Harbor Agreement announced Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is part of an effort to boost the wild population of the...
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Health Official Urges Food Safety Over Holidays

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s state epidemiologist is reminding residents to cook and store foods at proper temperatures over the holidays. Dr. Lon Kightlinger says it’s not uncommon for holiday pot-lucks at schools, churches, offices or other gatherings to result in food-borne outbreaks. Those preparing meals should also wash their hands thoroughly, cook...
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Connecticut Deaths to Spark Gun Debate in SD Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The deadly school shooting in Connecticut has prompted a South Dakota legislator to begin drafting a bill that would allow teachers, administrators and even janitors with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to school. Rep. Betty Olson, a Republican from Prairie City, tells The Associated Press that she feels...
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Community Prayer Vigil Planned Today on Capitol Steps for Those Killed in Connecticut School Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) There will be a community prayer vigil on the steps of the State Capitol in Pierre this evening-to remember those who died Friday at the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  The event is being hosted by the Pierre/Fort Pierre Ministerium.  Pastor Karl Kroger says the vigil was organized to...
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Flags at Half Staff Through Tomorrow for School Shooting Victims

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Flags remain at half-staff through tomorrow, after President Barack Obama made the request Friday out of respect for victims of the mass shooting that occurred in Connecticut.  Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office sent a statewide notice Friday that the President had ordered flags to be at half-staff from that day...
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BIA’s Indian Highway Safety Program to Sponsor “Don’t Shatter the Dream” Initiative to Fight Impaired Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Great Plains Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Indian Highway Safety Program has started a holiday safe driving campaign-which is underway now through January 1, 2013.  The “Don’t Shatter the Dream” impaired driving campaign unites the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal law enforcement agencies to send...
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Connecticut Shooting Likely to Spark Gun Bills in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature usually weighs at least one gun-related proposal during its annual legislative session, and a spokesman for Gov. Dennis Daugaard expects that the deadly school shooting in Connecticut might spark even more next year. Daugaard spokesman Tony Venhuizen tells The Associated Press on Monday that the Newtown...
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No Injuries as Helicopter Strikes Hangar in Winner

WINNER, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Army National Guard helicopter has been damaged after striking an airport hangar in Winner. KBFS radio reports that the UH-60 Black Hawk’s main rotor system struck an airport hangar while taxiing about 4:20 p.m. Sunday. The aircraft sustained damage to its rotor and fuselage but there were...
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