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House OKs Scaled-Down Farm Bill Sans Food Stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving Republican leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month. The GOP leaders scrambled to get the bill to the floor Thursday and gather enough...
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USDA Says Winter Wheat Crop Forecast Down 15 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The latest forecast for South Dakota’s winter wheat crop is down 15 percent from the previous month’s forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its crop reduction report that the forecast, based on July 1 conditions, stands at 25.4 million bushels. Average yield is forecast at 39 bushels...
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Pierre School Board Holds Second Meeting on District’s Elementary School Facility Planning Study

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board held a second public meeting Tuesday to recap the district’s elementary school facility planning study.  A June meeting at Riggs High School last month drew about 50 people.  Tuesday’s meeting at the District’s Administration building saw attendance by about 10-15 people.  The board has been...
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Noem Amendment Preventing Corps from Charging for Missouri River Water Part of Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Given Approval in U.S. House Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) The U.S. House passed the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 last night and the bill included two amendments offered by Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  The bill was approved by a vote of 227-198.  One of the amendments offered by Noem prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of...
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Pierre Educator Given Prestigious Statewide Award

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre educator has been named “South Dakota Adult Educator of the Year” by the South Dakota Association of Lifelong Learning.  Missy Slaathaug, who is an Adult Education Coordinator and Instructor at the Right Turn of Pierre, received the award at the Great Plains Council on Adult Basic Education...
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Corn Crop Harvest Estimates Downgraded Slightly

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its estimate of the corn crop, reflecting late planting in the Corn Belt caused by a wet spring. Farmers are now expected to harvest 13.95 billion bushels, 55 million fewer bushels than predicted in June. That still beats the 2009 record...
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Dilges to Speak at Today’s Meeting of Hughes-Stanley County Republicans

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The monthly meeting of the Hughes-Stanley County Republicans will be today at Jake’s Restaurant.  Tad Perry, Stanley County Republican Chairman says the speaker at today’s meeting will be Jason Dilges, Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management.  Dilges will discuss the state’s budget during the gathering.   The meeting...
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South Dakotans Being Asked to Give Input on Medicare and Social Security

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) AARP South Dakota continues with a series of meetings it is holding this summer as it invites people to weigh in on the future of Medicare and Social Security.  The organization has planned stops in a total of 11 locations to focus on challenges to Medicare and Social Security...
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Beer Distributor Stopping Whiteclay Deliveries

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) – A Scottsbluff, Nebraska beer distributor is limiting deliveries to stores in Whiteclay out of concern about the safety of drivers. KNEB radio reports Jeff Scheinost, who owns High Plains Budweiser, has decided to stop delivering to Whiteclay, a tiny town that borders South Dakota and the officially dry Pine Ridge...
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Authorities Searching for Federal Fugitive Who Escaped with Three Others from Tribal Jail in Lower Brule

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Authorities are on the lookout for a man that is wanted for violating conditions of his supervised release.  21-year-old Troy Young Fairbanks was among four prisoners who escaped from the Lower Brule Correctional Facility on Tuesday night.  He was being held by the Lower Brule Tribe on allegations of...
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