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SD Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are taking another look at the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover thousands more people. The House and Senate committees on Health and Human Services are holding a joint meeting Wednesday to consider the advantages and drawbacks of expanding the program as part of the federal health...
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SD Senate Passes Incentives for Wind Projects

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has approved a measure that would provide financial incentives to encourage construction of wind power projects in the state. The Senate voted 26-7 to send the proposal to the House of Representatives. The bill would give a wind project an incentive payment roughly equal to 2...
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SD Senate Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has passed a measure that would ban texting while driving. Senators voted 24-9 to approve the bill and send it to the House, which has rejected similar bills in recent years. Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia already ban texting behind the wheel. The bill...
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USDA Says Number of Farms in ND, SD Decreases

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms in North Dakota and South Dakota decreased in 2012 but the average size of each farm increased. According to the USDA, there were 300 fewer farms in South Dakota in 2012 compared to 2011. The total number of farms...
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TransCanada: Pipeline Would Not Affect Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top executive of a Canadian company that has proposed an oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas says the project will have no measurable effect on global warming. Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines, said opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have grossly inflated its likely...
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Third Person Sentenced for Having a Role in Theft of Vehicle from Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Nebraska woman was sentenced to spend two years in prison for her guilty plea to Grand Theft.  19-year-old Cassandra McVay appeared in court this morning.  She is one of four people who were charged after a pickup was stolen from just outside Fort Pierre city limits last...
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Railroad Crossings in Pierre to See Safety Upgrades in Coming Months

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eight railroad crossings in the city of Pierre will be the focus of safety upgrades in the coming months.  Andy Cummings of the Canadian Pacific Railroad says that gates, lights and bells will be added to eight crossings-from Poplar Avenue on Pierre’s west side-to as far east as Sandwedge...
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Thune to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Mobridge Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) U.S. Senator John Thune will hold a town hall meeting in Mobridge tomorrow.  The morning event will take place at the Moose Lodge at 1109 West Grand Crossing.  The Senator’s office says he will talk about debt ceiling negotiations and the need to cut spending in Washington, among other...
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Driver Licensing Program to Implement Self-Service Kiosks at Some Exam Stations

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Driver Licensing Program plans to put self-service kiosks at some locations in the state to help speed the process of obtaining a new license or renewing licenses.  Driver Licensing Program Director Cindy Gerber says her office will put the devices at exam stations in the coming...
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SD Panel Rejects Bill Denying Guns to Some

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A narrowly divided South Dakota House committee has rejected a bill that sought to keep guns out of the hands of people found to be mentally ill and a danger to others. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-5 to defeat the measure. The bill sought to prevent people...
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