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SD Eligibility Change for Prenatal Care in Trouble

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A plan to provide government-funded prenatal care to more pregnant women appears headed for defeat in the South Dakota Legislature. Prenatal care is now provided to women earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The Senate had passed a bill that would have relaxed the eligibility in...
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Driver in South Dakota Ambulance Crash Cited

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota ambulance driver has been cited for careless driving after authorities say he fell asleep at the wheel and caused a crash that injured an emergency medical technician on board. Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Meligan was cited after the crash about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 90 between Eagle...
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SD Senate Approves Boost in Expenses for Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has approved an increase in the daily allowance state lawmakers get to cover the cost of lodging, meals and other expenses during the annual legislative sessions. Senators voted 18-15 to pass a bill increasing the current expense payment of $110 a day to $123 a day....
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Economic Development Plan Survives Split Attempt

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A comprehensive bipartisan economic development fund plan aimed at helping to recruit projects to South Dakota has survived an attempt by a Republican lawmaker to split the bill in five parts. Rep. Stace Nelson of Fulton argued that the measure is full of pork and covers too many unrelated topics...
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House Defeats Constitutional Amendment on Taxes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote to pass any ballot measure imposing a new tax or increasing an existing one. Representatives defeated the bill by a 35-34 vote Tuesday and resisted an attempt to reconsider its passage later in the...
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SD Senate Approves Extra $6 Million for Schools

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would spend more than $6 million to provide a one-time boost in state aid to school districts and technical schools. Senators voted unanimously to pass the bill, which now goes to the House for its consideration. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended...
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Woman Faces Additional Charges in Death of Child

GANN VALLEY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman accused of beating a 4-year-old child to death because he wet his pants is facing additional charges in the case. The Daily Republic of Mitchell reports that 22-year-old Donika Gonzales, of Gann Valley, appeared in court Tuesday on one count of second-degree murder, two alternative...
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House Defeats Constitutional Amendment on Taxes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote to pass any ballot measure imposing a new tax or increasing an existing one. Representatives defeated the bill by a 35-34 vote, but the bill is expected to be reconsidered later Tuesday. A two-thirds...
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Ambulance Driver Falls Asleep, Crashes into Pickup on Transport from Eagle Butte to Rapid City

PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say an EMT who was tending to patients was injured when an ambulance driver fell asleep and crashed into an abandoned pickup truck on Interstate 90 in South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 5 a.m. Tuesday near the Piedmont exit on I-90. The EMT was...
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September’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival-Sharing Western Traditions and Lifestyles

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2013 Dakota Western Heritage Festival in Fort Pierre promises to be bigger and better than last year-as organizers bring a celebration of the west to the Expo Center.  The second annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival will be September 14 and 15 and will feature music and cowboy...
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