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SD Voters Reject Sales Hike for Schools, Medicaid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected a proposal to raise the state sales tax to provide more money for schools and the Medicaid program that provides health care to low-income people. A teachers union and a health care organization collected signatures to put the proposal on the ballot after Gov....
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SD Voters Reject Plan for Grants to Big Projects

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give incentive grants to large construction projects. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill last year at the governor’s urging to provide grants to companies to get them to expand or relocate to South Dakota. The state Democratic party, however,...
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South Dakota Voters Reject Teacher Merit-Pay Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs. The Legislature approved the Republican governor’s proposal earlier this year, but the state’s main teachers union, the South Dakota Education Association, collected enough signatures...
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SD Voters Approve Balanced Budget Amendment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have approved a state constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed the amendment earlier this year, saying current language implies the budget must be balanced but doesn’t require it. Two provisions limit state debt and provide for an emergency tax to...
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GOP’s Noem Wins 2nd Term as Lone SD House Member

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican Rep. Kristi Noem has defeated Democratic challenger Matt Varilek to win a second term as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House. Varilek is a former member of Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s staff. He argued throughout the campaign that Noem had shirked her duties by skipping committee...
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GOP’s Nelson Wins Seat on SD Utilities Commission

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson has been elected to a new term on the panel that regulates grain warehouses and natural gas, electric and telephone utilities in the state. The 48-year-old Republican defeated Democratic challenger Nick Nemec, a 54-year-old farmer and former state lawmaker from Holabird,...
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Republican Romney Carries SD in Presidential Race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney has defeated President Barack Obama to win South Dakota’s three electoral votes. Romney continues a long tradition of Republicans winning presidential races in heavily GOP South Dakota. No Democrat has carried South Dakota since 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson prevailed over Republican challenger Barry Goldwater. The...
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Sexual Contact with a Child Charges

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) A former Agar resident has pled not guilty to charges that include Rape and Sexual Contact with a Child. 44-year-old Gary Glenn Morris appeared in an Onida courtroom yesterday. He had been charged by complaint with one count of Fourth Degree Rape and four counts of Sexual Contact with...
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Flag Display Organized for Today’s Election Day

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) American and South Dakota State Flags are posted across the Missouri River Bridge to note today’s Election Day. The flag display-organized by the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club-is sponsored today by Midwest Construction of Pierre. The Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club reminds everyone to get out and vote today. The Flags...
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Secretary of State Gant Gives Election Tips

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Secretary of State Jason Gant says he expects that the voter turnout numbers for today’s General Election will total about seventy percent. Gant says his office has noted that the number of people that are visiting the Secretary of State’s website has seen an uptick in the days leading...
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