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FEMA Homes Arriving on South Dakota Reservation

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The federal government is delivering mobile homes to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to help families displaced by a mid-July wind storm. The first of 20 Federal Emergency Management Agency homes arrived Tuesday. Oglala Sioux Tribe President John Yellow Bird Steele tells the Rapid City Journal...
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Rule Allowing Sale of 85-Octane Gasoline Approved

PIERRE,S.D.(AP) – A state legislative committee has approved a rule allowing the sale of 85-octane gasoline in western South Dakota, but only until next June 30. The Rules Review Committee was deadlocked a month ago on whether to allow retailers in western South Dakota to sell the lower-grade blend permanently. The compromise version approved...
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Legislative Panel Approves School Rules

PIERRE, S.D.(AP) – The South Dakota Education Department can go ahead with its new system for assessing the performance of schools and providing help to those that perform poorly. A state legislative committee has approved the department’s rules to set up a new accountability system that will replace the federal school improvement law known...
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BPI Plans ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Lawsuit

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Beef Products Inc. plans to file a defamation lawsuit in the wake of a publicity storm over a meat product that critics have dubbed “pink slime.” The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Wednesday that it will announce a lawsuit Thursday. A company executive and lawyer refused to name the defendant....
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Boost in SD Newspaper Rates for Legal Ads Dropped

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota newspapers have dropped their request for a 3 percent increase in the rates that cities, counties, school districts and other government bodies pay to print their minutes and other legal notices. A legislative committee last month refused to approve the increase and instead asked the state Bureau of...
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Parts of SD Experience Driest Summer on Record

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Some parts of South Dakota have experienced their driest summer on record. The National Weather Service says the cities of Sturgis in the west, Winner in the south central part of the state and Sioux Falls in the southeast set records for dryness during the “meteorological summer,” which is...
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Drought Cutting Into SD Corn, Soybean Crops

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought appears to be affecting South Dakota’s corn and soybean crops. The Agriculture Department’s September production report lowers the expected yield for the state’s corn crop by 2 bushels per acre from August and the expected yield for the soybean crop by 3 bushels. The South Dakota corn crop...
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Former SD Inmates Earn GED Certificates

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Some former South Dakota prison inmates recently earned their GED certificates, thanks in part to changes in the testing and scoring process. Prison officials say a state panel recently approved a scoring realignment for the GED test, bringing South Dakota’s requirements in line with 48 other states. Passing scores were...
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HP Tablet Computers at Riggs Starting Third Year of Use-Committee to Look at Future Options

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This school year brings the third year of use of tablet computers at Riggs High School. The school’s students and staff first received the new HP tablet computers in the fall of 2010. Last night, the Pierre School Board learned that the units are now paid for. The district...
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Exchange Club Posts Flags on Bridge for Today’s Patriot Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) American and South Dakota State Flags are posted across the Missouri River Bridge today for Patriot Day. The Flags Across the Missouri River Bridge display is a Pride in America and fundraising program organized and promoted by the Pierre/Fort Pierre Exchange Club. Today’s flag display is sponsored by the...
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