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SD County Going Broke; Wants More Tax Money

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – A county in southwestern South Dakota is about to go broke. The Argus Leader reports that public safety costs are skyrocketing in Bennett County, and property taxes aren’t enough to keep the 101-year-old county afloat. County Commission Chairman Rolf Kraft says the county is pinning its hopes on a request...
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SD Agency Sets Mountain Lion Hunting Season

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota wildlife officials have set the hunting season for mountain lions. The Aberdeen American News reports that the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted unanimously open the mountain lion season from Dec. 26 to March 31, 2014. The 2014 season would allow for a statewide harvest limit of...
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SD Will Have No Sage Grouse Hunting Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee has approved a state panel’s decision not to have any sage grouse hunting season in South Dakota this year. Rules passed by state agencies cannot take effect unless approved by the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee. The committee’s approval lets the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission eliminate...
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SD Offers Remedial Help for College-Bound Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – About 30 students took part last year in a South Dakota remedial program for college-bound students who need help in certain subjects. But state education officials expect more students will take part as school districts let them know about the program. The Argus Leader reports the remedial program started...
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SD Joins Other States in Legislative Prayer Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota has joined 23 other states to file written arguments in a Supreme Court case that will determine whether the U.S. Constitution allows prayers during legislative sessions. Jackley says the states are challenging a federal appeals court decision that found a township violated the...
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Judge Blocks Planned Horse Slaughter at Plants in Iowa and N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses next week. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo on Friday issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups. They contend the Department...
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Gant Still Wants Federal Advice on SD Voting Sites

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he still wants to seek a federal commission’s opinion on setting up satellite absentee voting offices on three Native American reservations, even though that commission might not be able to respond. The Argus Leader reports that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission can’t...
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Saturation Patrols Will Fight DUI During Rally

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office plans to conduct saturation patrols until Aug. 10 to crack down on drunken driving during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that starts Monday in western South Dakota. Deputies will be looking for drunken drivers and drivers who are not wearing seatbelts as part of...
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Standing Rock Chairman Won’t Seek Re-Election

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Charles Murphy says he will not seek re-election. Murphy’s current stint leading the Dakotas tribe began in 2009. He also served as chairman from 1983-93 and from 1997-2005. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the 64-year-old Murphy says he’s not sure what he’ll do when he...
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SD Panel Approves Rules for Armed School Sentinels

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has approved rules for training teachers, other school staff members or volunteers to carry guns to improve security in school buildings. As a reaction to attacks on schools across the country, the Legislature this year approved a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers and...
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