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Great Plains Shale Tested by SDSMT for Possible Energy Uses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Researchers are studying a rock formation found across much of the Great Plains that could someday be used for energy production or underground liquid or gas storage. The South Dakota Legislature approved $464,000 for the School of Mines & Technology to drill into and study what’s known as Pierre...
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Gann Valley Woman Files Motion for New Trial

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Gann Valley woman convicted of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants have filed motions for a new trial and a reduced sentence. Donika Gonzales was sentenced July 1 to 130 years for first-degree manslaughter and 15 years for aggravated assault for the...
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Some SD Native Americans Wary About Health Reform

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Denise Mesteth says she’s hopeful but skeptical her new health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can help her and other Native Americans who otherwise rely on free government health care. She hadn’t used the insurance coverage yet but paid the premium, even though she and other members of...
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SD Inmates Could See Early Release Next Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – U.S. District Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal ruling Friday that will make tens of thousands of inmates serving time for drug crimes eligible for early release could have significant impact on South Dakota. Johnson tells the Argus Leader that he estimates between 300 and 400 inmates could see...
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