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South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson’s Son Eyeing Bid

UNDATED (AP) – Although Sen. Tim Johnson has not said whether he intends to seek re-election in 2014, some Democrats would like to keep his seat in the family — and in Democratic hands. Party activists are promoting the idea of Johnson’s son, Brendan, who is U.S. attorney, seeking the nomination if the senator...
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House Panel Endorses Concealed Weapons Permit Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has advanced a bill that would make concealed weapons permits valid for five years, up from the current four years. The Local Government Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House. The measure’s main sponsor, Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center, says...
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SD Farmers, Ranchers Dealing with Hay Shortage

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota farmers and ranchers are searching for solutions to deal with the hay shortage. SDSU Extension agronomy crops field specialist Larry Wagner tells the Yankton Press and Dakotan that the issues started last summer when pastures started giving out and some people had to start feeding early in the...
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South Dakota House Approves Longer Abortion Wait

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has approved a bill that could require women seeking abortions to wait longer after first seeing a doctor at an abortion clinic. The House voted 56-13 to pass a measure that says Saturdays, Sundays and holidays could not count in calculating the three-day wait. The bill...
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Tourism Department Plans June Bus Promotion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The four presidents on Mount Rushmore are going on tour. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is taking the four mascots on tour in the central United States in June as part of a promotion to drive more visitors to the state. Tourism Secretary James Hagen tells The Associated...
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SD Senate Endorses Needs-Based Scholarship Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has endorsed a plan to create a new scholarship program that would award money based on students’ financial needs. The Senate voted unanimously to keep the idea alive by sending a bill to the House of Representatives. The bill originally provided that $5 million would be...
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Former SD Legislator Diedtrich Dies in North Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota legislator Elmer Diedtrich has died. He was 85. Diedtrich, formerly of Mina and Aberdeen, served from 1989-1992 and 1999-2000 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. He served from 2001-2002 in the state Senate. He passed away Tuesday in Williston, N.D. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday...
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Avera St. Mary’s Announces TCU to be Moved from Hospital to Maryhouse

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Avera St. Mary’s Hospital said today that changes will soon be made to its Transitional Care Unit.  The TCU is currently located on the 4th floor of the hospital, but starting April 1, 2013, it will be relocated to a specialized area on the 2nd floor of Avera Maryhouse...
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Attorney General Jackley Warns Consumers of Sweepstakes Scams

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to be cautious of sweepstakes scams that continue to circulate around the state.  Attorney General Marty Jackley says there are a few warning signs that a supposed sweepstakes “win” is a scam.  Tip-offs of fraud include sweepstakes that ask you...
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Pierre Man Arrested on Rape Charge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was arrested Sunday after police investigated a report of Rape over the weekend.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Seventh Street where a 26-year-old Pierre woman told authorities she had been sexually assaulted.  About...
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