Law Agencies to Hold Alcohol Compliance Checks This Month

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department and other local law agencies are planning Alcohol Compliance Checks at various businesses in the coming weeks. Police Captain Elton Blemaster says sometime this month, law officers from the Pierre P.D., and Hughes and Stanley County Sheriff’s Offices will be conducting the checks in both...
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Two-Wave Storm Bearing Down on North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Parts of northern North Dakota could see a foot or more of snow by the end of the weekend. The National Weather Service says a storm is bearing down on the Northern Plains from the Rockies, and will hit in two waves. The first wave is expected to hit northwest...
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No Jackpot Winner

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 32-34-45-52-58 Powerball: 20 Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $143 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $168 million for Saturday. Tickets that...
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Appeal of Indian Land Trust Settlement Rejected

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider a Colorado woman’s challenge of a $3.4 billion settlement between the federal government and Native American land trust beneficiaries. The settlement was reached in 2009 following years of litigation in which Montana resident Elouise Cobell, who is now deceased, argued government officials mismanaged billions...
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Canadian Firm Optimistic About Oil Pipeline

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Canadian company that wants to build another oil pipeline to carry crude oil to Gulf Coast refineries remains optimistic about the project after President Barack Obama won re-election. TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard says the company believes Obama will eventually approve the Keystone XL project once it reaches his desk...
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South Dakota Voters Reject Governor’s Top Initiatives

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he and the Legislature will have to take another look at education and economic development issues now that voters have rejected two of his main proposals in those areas. Voters defeated Daugaard’s plan to set up incentive grants to attract large industrial projects...
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Couple Appears in Federal Court on Charge Linked to Theft at Pierre Bank

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man and woman who have been accused of Bank Larceny and Aiding and Abetting, made their initial appearance in federal court late Tuesday afternoon in Pierre. Ismael Espinoza Ortiz and Alejandra Corral Madrid are each charged in a criminal complaint with one count—-Bank Larceny and Aiding and Abetting...
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GOP Retains Control of South Dakota Utilities Panel

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republicans Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen have kept their seats on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, meaning that the GOP has all three seats on the panel. The 50-year-old Fiegen defeated Democratic challenger Matt McGovern for a six-year term on the commission that regulates grain warehouses and natural...
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SD Voters Reject Sales Hike for Schools, Medicaid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected a proposal to raise the state sales tax to provide more money for schools and the Medicaid program that provides health care to low-income people. A teachers union and a health care organization collected signatures to put the proposal on the ballot after Gov....
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SD Voters Reject Plan for Grants to Big Projects

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give incentive grants to large construction projects. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill last year at the governor’s urging to provide grants to companies to get them to expand or relocate to South Dakota. The state Democratic party, however,...
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