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Pierre P.D. Honors Department Staff and Others at Annual Banquet

PIERRE, S.D – (DRG News) Thursday brought the annual Pierre Police Department Appreciation/Awards Dinner.  Several honors were handed out to department staff, volunteers and others.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says Distinguished Service Awards were handed out to eight department employees.  Those honored with the award for the first time were Communications Supervisor Edie...
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City of Pierre to Hold Monday Meeting on Reconstruction Project for a Segment of Dakota Avenue

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre will have a meeting next week to give the public and businesses along a section of Dakota Avenue a chance to learn more about an upcoming reconstruction project.  The city will be doing work soon on a segment of Dakota from Highland Avenue to Fort...
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2013-2014 Pierre Strategic Plan Discussed by Commission/Viewable on City Website

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s 2013-2014 Strategic Plan was unveiled to the community at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.  The commission, mayor and various department directors gathered in early January for a planning session and to lay out goals for Pierre for the year to come; along with long range plans.  Pierre Mayor Laurie...
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Survey: More Slow Economic Growth Ahead in Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states dipped last month, suggesting only slow growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 53.1 in February, compared with 53.2 in January and 49.5 in December. Creighton University economist Ernie...
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SD Governor Says Cuts Could Require Special Session

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Governor Dennis Daugaard says a special session of the South Dakota Legislature might be needed if the automatic federal spending cuts that take place Friday have a long-term effect on state programs. Daugaard says the federal spending cuts will have an impact on a number of state programs. But he...
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USDA: Corn Prices Inch Up in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department says corn prices in South Dakota inched up in February. The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says corn, at $6.87 per bushel, is up 2 cents from last month and up 81 cents from last year. The preliminary winter wheat price,...
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SD Senate Approves Longer Abortion Wait

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has given final legislative approval to an extension of what is already the nation’s longest waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion. Senators voted 24-9 Thursday to approve the bill, which has already been passed by the House. The measure will become law if...
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Deputy Ag Secretary Meets With SD Tribal Leaders

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) — Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to do more to try to help end the poverty for Native American people in South Dakota. Merrigan made the comment Thursday after meeting with tribal leaders on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She...
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SD Legislative Panel Looks at Revenue Prospects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Economists who work for the South Dakota Legislature and Gov. Dennis Daugaard say state tax collections for the next budget year are expected to be about the same as was predicted when the governor proposed a state budget in December. The economists presented their revenue estimates to the Legislature’s Joint...
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SD Lawmakers Propose Economic Incentive Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislative leaders from both political parties have proposed a wide-ranging measure that would provide financial incentives to help recruit new large industrial projects to the state.The Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the plan would give tax refunds only to companies that would otherwise not build within South Dakota...
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