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South Dakota State Human Resources Commissioner Retiring

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Sandy Zinter, the head of South Dakota state government’s personnel agency, is retiring.  Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hates to see Zinter retire from her job as commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources, but he understands her desire to spend more time with her family.  Zinter has led...
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South Dakota Court says Plea Bargain was Unconstitutional

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court says plea bargains that defer prosecution for crimes cannot force defendants to plead guilty later if they violate the terms of probation.  The high court’s ruling overturns a South Dakota man’s conviction of grand theft for allegedly stealing a car in August 2010.  Travis...
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Bank Robbery Suspects Sentenced, will be Deported

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Mexican couple who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,000 from a Pierre bank last November has been sentenced to time behind bars and will face deportation.   37-year-old Ismael Espinoza Ortiz was sentenced to seven years each for bank larceny and illegal re-entry after deportation, with the sentences...
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April Weather puts Damper on Special South Dakota Goose Hunt

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials say a cold April with snow and ice storms put a damper on an experimental monthlong program to reduce Canada geese depredation in six problem counties.  Keith Fisk with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks says that only 820 geese were killed. Officials were hoping that...
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South Dakota Demos Seek Information on Labor Recruiting Plan

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers have asked South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for information on the state’s $5 million contract with a national recruiting firm that is seeking to find new workers to fill jobs in the state.  Representative Susan Wismer of Britton and Senator Billie Sutton of Burke say they...
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USGS taking over satellite mission from NASA

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center in Sioux Falls will officially take over the Landsat 8 satellite mission from NASA on Thursday.  The center north of Sioux Falls is collecting at least 400 Landsat 8 scenes per day from around the world. The images are archived and made...
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Heavy Rain in Western SD leads to Flash Flooding

  RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Heavy rainfall has led to flash flooding overnight in parts of western South Dakota.  National Weather Service reports show up to 5 inches of rain in some areas. Low-lying areas of Rapid City flooded, and some homes had flooded basements. Some roads in the region were covered by...
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Weather Service says Tornado hit SD town of Allen

  ALLEN, S.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says storm damage in the South Dakota town of Allen was caused by a small tornado.  The weather service sent an investigator to the Pine Ridge Reservation community of about 420 people after the Tuesday storm. The official concluded the tornado touched down briefly on...
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SD Works to Boost Business in Oil and Gas Industry

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are taking new steps to promote businesses related to the oil and gas industry.  State Energy Policy Director Hunter Roberts says South Dakota can attract new businesses and help existing companies expand to serve the oil fields in nearby North Dakota.  The Governor’s Office of Economic...
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$10,000 Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Mitchell

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Mega Millions ticket sold in Mitchell is worth $10,000 in the latest drawing.  South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Mega Ball to earn the game’s third prize. The odds of doing so are one in about 689,000.  Mega...
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