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SD Police Chiefs Advise Governor on School Safety

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Police chiefs from around South Dakota say school buildings should be made more secure to prevent mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn. In a meeting with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the chiefs also said improvements are needed to help them deal with mentally ill people who pose threats...
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Hanson Will Again Serve as PUC Chairman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has re-elected Gary Hanson as its chairman. The vote was held among the panel’s three commissioners – Hanson, Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen – at the commission’s meeting on Tuesday. Nelson was elected as vice chairman. Hanson is serving his second six-year term on...
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ND Smoking Ban Boosts Tobacco Control Grades/SD Grade Unchanged

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The passage by North Dakota voters last November of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban has boosted the state’s grades in an annual tobacco “report card” from the American Lung Association. North Dakota got two A grades – for smoke-free air and for funding tobacco control and prevention programs above the...
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Zimmerman Confirmed as Head of SD Veteran Affairs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Larry Zimmerman as the state’s first secretary of Veterans Affairs. Zimmerman was previously the state command sergeant major in the South Dakota Army National Guard. Gov. Dennis Daugaard named Zimmerman as secretary of Veterans Affairs in late 2011, but he did...
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Requests For Concealed Carry Permits Up in SD

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Secretary of State Jason Gant says he has seen a “significant increase” in the number of requests for permits to carry a concealed weapon in recent months. Gant says more than 3,000 concealed pistol permits have been requested in the first 11 days of 2013.This far outpaces 2012’s...
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School Board Approves Hirings/Resignations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board approved a handful of hirings and resignations at yesterday’s meeting.  Besides choosing Jayson Poppinga to replace Joe Kramer as head football coach for the Governor’s football program (see Rod’s story in sports), also hired was Bryan Linn.  Linn will be the district’s new Technology Administrator,...
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Private Pesticide Applicator Certification to be Held Near Gettysburg Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Private Pesticide Applicator certification will be held near Gettysburg tomorrow.  The meeting will take place at Bob’s Steakhouse at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Attendees to the meeting should arrive a few minutes early.  The re-certification class will end at 4:00 p.m.  Ruth Beck, Agronomy Field Specialist with the SDSU Extension...
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Tickets Available for King of Hearts Formal Dance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The King of Hearts Formal Dance-sponsored by Job’s Daughters-is coming up in about a month.  This year’s dance is scheduled for Sunday, February 17 at the Georgia Morse Middle School Gymnasium.  The dance is for 9th through 12th grade students.  Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and music will be...
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Johnson: Gun Legislation Must be Individualized

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says it’s important that any gun control legislation is tailored for each state as much as possible. The Democratic senator says he opposes any one-size-fits-all approach to gun control legislation. Johnson says that South Dakota has far fewer problems with guns than states like New...
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Justice Change Could Save $162 Million in 10 Years

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota official says the state could save an estimated $162 million in the next decade if the Legislature approves a plan to improve the rehabilitation of convicted criminals by treating more nonviolent offenders outside prison walls. Jim Seward, Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s legal counsel, says the state could spend...
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