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SD Health Official: 9 Flu Deaths This Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota health official says nine people have died as a result of the flu so far this season. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says this year’s flu activity is occurring earlier and at higher levels than in the past. All of the people who died from the flu were...
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Eagle Butte Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Hitting Person With Car

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man has pleaded guilty to hitting and running over a person several times with his car. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Thursday that 27-year-old Ryan Wright pleaded guilty to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Prosecutors say the charge stems from an incident...
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SD Lawmakers Ponder Medicaid Expansion Questions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state official says South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard decided against expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of additional low-income residents because he’s uncertain the federal government can afford to pay the bulk of the cost. Deb Bowman, a senior adviser to the governor, says Daugaard’s decision is based on available...
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Next Week Brings Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Classes to Pierre and Gettysburg

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The SDSU Extension Service in Pierre will host two private pesticide applicator certification classes next week.  The first class will be in Pierre at the SDSU Pierre Regional Extension Center in the Kenyon Building at 412 West Missouri Avenue on Monday at 1:30 p.m. Central.  The Monday class should...
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Morning Fire Destroys Pierre Home

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A trailer home in an east Pierre neighborhood was heavily damaged in a morning fire.  The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department was called to 139 Lakeview Court this morning about 8:55 a.m. to the report of a structure fire.  Chief Bill Alexander says smoke was showing from the rear of...
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Woman Sentenced for Guilty Plea to Aggravated Assault of an Officer

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman was sentenced to spend five years in prison for her guilty plea to Aggravated Assault Against a Law Enforcement Officer.  21-year-old Amada Portillo was arrested on various charges last October after police were told that she was attempting to assault another person with a knife and...
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Former Governor Tom Berry Portrait Returned to State Capitol Following Repair and Cleaning

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The portrait of former South Dakota Governor Tom Berry was returned to its home in the first floor hallway of the state capitol yesterday, after it was repaired and cleaned at a Minnesota art center. Berry’s portrait is one of seven governor art pieces that have been treated over the...
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Major Winter Storm Bears Down on the Dakotas

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service says a major winter storm is bearing down on the Dakotas. The storm is expected to bring freezing rain, heavy snow, strong winds and dangerously cold temperatures late Thursday into Saturday. All of North Dakota is under a winter storm watch for that time period. Forecasters...
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SD Woman Sentenced for Involuntary Manslaughter

FORT THOMPSON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for a traffic crash that killed her boyfriend. Authorities say 20-year-old Leigha Koster, of Fort Thompson, was driving drunk and fleeing from a police officer when she crashed her vehicle last July. Twenty-one-year-old Louis Herman...
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SD’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Says Cameras in Court Rule Works

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson says a rule allowing news cameras and electronic recording equipment in trial courts is working as intended. Gilbertson says news organizations have received permission to use cameras or audio recording devices in about two-thirds of the requests that have been decided so...
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