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House Defeats Constitutional Amendment on Taxes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House has defeated 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. Representatives defeated the bill by a 35-34 vote, but the bill is expected to be reconsidered later Tuesday. A two-thirds...
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Ambulance Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes into Pickup on Transport from Eagle Butte to Rapid City

PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say an EMT who was tending to patients was injured when an ambulance driver fell asleep and crashed into an abandoned pickup truck on Interstate 90 in South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 5 a.m. Tuesday near the Piedmont exit on I-90. The EMT was...
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September’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival-Sharing Western Traditions and Lifestyles

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2013 Dakota Western Heritage Festival in Fort Pierre promises to be bigger and better than last year-as organizers bring a celebration of the west to the Expo Center.  The second annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival will be September 14 and 15 and will feature music and cowboy...
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Daugaards Become Grandparents Again

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Governor and First Lady became grandparents for the second time over the weekend, welcoming a new granddaughter to the Daugaard family.  First Lady Linda Daugaard says their daughter Laura Daugaard Mitchell and her husband Jay Mitchell became parents for the first time-as daughter Stella Kay arrived on Saturday. ...
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Lantry Man Pleads Not Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lantry man has entered a not guilty plea in federal court to a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter.  19-year-old Charg Hebb was indicted by a federal grand jury last month.  He appeared in court on February 25 and pleaded not guilty to the indictment.  Authorities say that Hebb was...
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First Lady Joins SDEA in Noting Annual Read Across America Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Education Association celebrated Read Across America Day on Monday, with the help of First Lady Linda Daugaard. The First Lady read to a group of students on the first floor of the Capitol yesterday afternoon. Read Across America Day was noted nationally on Friday and coincides...
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Bill: Victims Get Voice in Major Felony Sentencing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Victims of the most serious felonies would be assured the right to testify at sentencing under a South Dakota legislative panel’s change to a marginally related bill on juvenile homicide offenders. The bill initially was introduced to make South Dakota compatible with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on mandatory life...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer and DOT Secretary Darin Bergquist

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Join us Monday as we bring the March broadcast of South Dakota Perspective on stations of the Dakota News Network.  Our first guest on Monday will be Doug Hofer, Director of the Game, Fish and Parks Department’s Division of Parks and Recreation.  We’ll also be joined by Darin Bergquist,...
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SD House Passes Cellphone Ban for Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has resurrected and passed a measure that would prohibit beginning drivers from using cellphones until they get unrestricted licenses at age 16. The House narrowly rejected the bill last week. But representatives on Monday voted 43-23 to pass the measure, which now goes back to the...
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House Votes Down Bill to Standardize Drivers Ed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would set up a coordinated drivers’ education system with statewide standards for course content, instruction, testing and instructor certification has failed in the South Dakota House. The bill was one of a handful to come out of the Task Force on Teen Driving Safety. The Senate Transportation...
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