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South Dakota Legislature: What to Know This Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Senate and House committees on Health and Human Services will hold a joint hearing Wednesday on the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people as part of the national health care overhaul. A group of lawmakers, including leaders from both parties, recommended that the hearing be held...
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USD Hosting Exhibition About Former Governor Janklow

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – The University of South Dakota is hosting an exhibition showcasing documents and materials belonging to former Gov. Bill Janklow. Janklow died in January 2012 at age 72 from brain cancer. The exhibition, which runs until April 16 at the University Libraries, gives a background to the official and personal papers...
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Power Outages Hit Eastern Parts of Pierre Twice Today

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre now says power should be completely restored for about 300 utility customers in east and southeast portions of Pierre. Utilities Director Brad Palmer says electric service should have been turned back on for all impacted customers within the past 30-45 minutes. Power went out about...
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Aquatics Center Closed for a Few Days Due to Broken Pipe

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A broken pipe has resulted in the Pierre Aquatics Center having to be closed down this afternoon.  It will remain closed until further notice.  Jeff Filipek, CEO of the Oahe Family YMCA says the parts have been ordered and it will likely be fixed on Monday.  He believes the...
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SD House Panel Approves Longer Abortion Wait

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has approved a bill that could require some women seeking abortions to wait longer after first consulting with a doctor. South Dakota already has the longest waiting period in the nation at three days. The Judiciary Committee voted 9-2 to endorse a bill that would...
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Senator Thune Schedules Town Halls Next Week-in Spearfish and Mobridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Senator John Thune will be holding town hall meetings next week to talk with constituents about various issues.  Thune will hold a meeting in Spearfish on Tuesday and on Wednesday; he’ll travel to Mobridge for a town hall at the Moose Lodge at 1109 West Grand Crossing.  The Mobridge...
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Capitol to be Open Sunday Night for Photos Before King of Hearts

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Capitol will be open Sunday evening to allow local high school students to stop in and take pictures in the building before the annual King of Hearts Dance.  Teens usually flock to the Capitol for photos on the marble staircase in the rotunda before they head...
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…Saying Goodbye and Thanks for a Fun Five Years!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) KGFX is wishing a fond farewell to Dorene Foster, the morning voice for the station for the past 5 ½ years.  Dorene will be taking a new position with Morris, Inc. starting Monday.  Fellow employees held a goodbye luncheon for her on Wednesday.  Dorene took over the morning shift...
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Health Department’s Inspection Scores Site Hasn’t Seen Much Traffic Yet

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new feature offered on the South Dakota Health Department’s website has not seen many visitors in its first six months.  In July, the Health Department began offering health inspection scores online for the almost 6,000 food service, lodging and campground establishments in the state.  Deputy Health Secretary Tom...
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Trapp Chosen to Fill Executive Director Opening for SD Brand Board

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A new Executive Director has been chosen to lead the South Dakota Brand Board.  Current director Larry Stearns says the board announced that Debbie Trapp will take over the leadership position near the end of the month.   He says the Brand Board met in Pierre Wednesday and voted to...
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