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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill Relaxing Gun Permit Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has narrowly rejected a bill that would have allowed most people to carry concealed weapons without permits. The Local Government Committee voted 7-6 to kill the bill after opponents said it would make it more difficult for law enforcement officers to stop crimes. The measure’s...
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McGovern’s Personal Items to be Auctioned in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – George McGovern once gave his daughter a bookend made out of soapstone in the shape of a bear. It was a symbol of the “Terr the bear” nickname he often called Teresa, who froze to death in a snow bank near a bar where she’d been drinking. The figure...
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SD Senate Approves Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a plan to cut the state’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs. Senators voted 31-2 Thursday to pass the bill and send it to the House for further debate. The measure is based on recommendations made by a panel appointed...
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Pierre Man Changes Plea to Theft of Items from Pierre Business in 2012

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man changed his plea Wednesday to a theft crime that was reported last summer.  31-year-old Christopher Big Eagle was arrested last June after a break-in was reported at River City Plumbing in Pierre.  He was indicted on Grand Theft and Burglary charges in July and originally pleaded...
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Pierre Teen Enters Guilty Plea to Second Degree Burglary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen will be sentenced in March for his guilty plea to Second Degree Burglary.  18-year-old Lee Provancial was originally indicted last year for Second Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary and Ingesting Marijuana.  He pleaded not guilty to all three counts.  Police were called to a Pierre home...
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Avera Health Donates $30,000 to Pierre Trail Project

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre received a gift yesterday that will be used to pay for the building of “play pods” along the new multi-purpose trail in northeast Pierre.  Avera Health and Avera St. Mary’s announced at Tuesday’s Pierre City Commission meeting that it would give the city $30,000 for...
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Thune Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling on President to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) One of the state’s U.S. Senators joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators in calling on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, now that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has okayed a new route through that state.  Republican Senator John Thune signed on to a letter which...
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2013 State Tribal Relations Day Held in Pierre Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Wednesday brought the 2013 State-Tribal Relations Day to Pierre.  The focus of this year’s event was tribal housing needs and initiatives.  A tribal listening session was held at the Matthew Training Center Wednesday morning.  Later in the Capitol rotunda, Governor Dennis Daugaard offered a welcome; there were comments by...
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Feeding South Dakota’s New Mobile Food Pantry Program Starts Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today brings the kickoff for a new Mobile Food Pantry Program through the organization Feeding South Dakota.  Details on the new service were announced yesterday in Pierre.  Thanks to funding that was provided by the 2012 State Legislature, Feeding South Dakota purchased a truck that will be used to...
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Nebraska Students Call for Beer Company Boycott

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Students from three Nebraska universities and a high school are calling for a public boycott of Anheuser-Busch products because of their sales to beer stores in the town of Whiteclay. Students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University and Creighton Prep announced the boycott...
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