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Third Person Sentenced for Having a Role in Theft of Vehicle from Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Nebraska woman was sentenced to spend two years in prison for her guilty plea to Grand Theft.  19-year-old Cassandra McVay appeared in court this morning.  She is one of four people who were charged after a pickup was stolen from just outside Fort Pierre city limits last...
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Railroad Crossings in Pierre to See Safety Upgrades in Coming Months

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight railroad crossings in the city of Pierre will be the focus of safety upgrades in the coming months.  Andy Cummings of the Canadian Pacific Railroad says that gates, lights and bells will be added to eight crossings-from Poplar Avenue on Pierre’s west side-to as far east as Sandwedge...
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Thune to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Mobridge Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) U.S. Senator John Thune will hold a town hall meeting in Mobridge tomorrow.  The morning event will take place at the Moose Lodge at 1109 West Grand Crossing.  The Senator’s office says he will talk about debt ceiling negotiations and the need to cut spending in Washington, among other...
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Driver Licensing Program to Implement Self-Service Kiosks at Some Exam Stations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Driver Licensing Program plans to put self-service kiosks at some locations in the state to help speed the process of obtaining a new license or renewing licenses.  Driver Licensing Program Director Cindy Gerber says her office will put the devices at exam stations in the coming...
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SD Panel Rejects Bill Denying Guns to Some

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A narrowly divided South Dakota House committee has rejected a bill that sought to keep guns out of the hands of people found to be mentally ill and a danger to others. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-5 to defeat the measure. The bill sought to prevent people...
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Water Bill Weighed by Lawmakers Upsets Anglers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that’s making its way through the South Dakota Legislature has upset some anglers. House Bill 1135 deals with the rights people have on water that’s over private ground. The bill’s backers say it’s meant to help landowners. Professional fisherman Ted Takasaki says the legislation is anti-sportsman and would...
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Legislature: Preschool Computer Proposal Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A proposal to pilot a home-based preschool program for low-income families has won approval from a legislative panel over opposition from education lobbyists. The proposal, by Rapid City Republican Rep. Jacqueline Sly, puts computers and software in the homes of 4- and 5-year-olds of low-income families. Parents must promise their...
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Wind Chill Advisory and Winter Storm Watch in Forecast

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The weather forecast contains a Wind Chill Advisory through noon today and a Winter Storm Watch from tomorrow evening through late Thursday night.  Dan Mohr with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says it will be chilly today and chances of snow begin to show up in the forecast...
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Flu Cases Shorten Blood Supply in the Dakotas, Minnesota

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The flu and other winter illnesses have led to a shortage of blood in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota, and recent blizzard conditions have hindered efforts to collect more. Molly Vetter, center manager of United Blood Services in Aberdeen, S.D., says a blizzard about a week ago cost the...
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Today is South Dakota Civil Air Patrol Day

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared today as South Dakota Civil Air Patrol Day. Daugaard signed the proclamation establishing the day as a way to recognize the hard work and volunteer hours that the members of the Civil Air Patrol put in during missions for local, state, tribal and federal governments....
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