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Three Semis/12 Other Vehicles Slip and Slide on Stretch of I-90 Saturday

MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) Jones County authorities were kept busy Saturday when weather conditions caused slippery spots on Interstate 90.  Sheriff John Weber says the windy weather created slushy and slippery spots on the interstate east of Draper and west of Murdo.  He says three semis ended up in the ditch, along with...
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SD Democrats Urge Quick Expansion of Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers expect to spend a lot of time studying the Medicaid program during the legislative session that starts Tuesday. Democrats hope to quickly expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 48,000 additional people. But Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Republican lawmakers want more time to study the potential costs...
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Flu Season Ramping Up Fast in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Flu cases are on the rise in South Dakota and could surpass last year’s total of 505. The most recent data available show 409 confirmed cases, compared with just five at the same time last year. There also have been three flu-related deaths in the state. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger...
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Obstacles Remain for Wind Energy Projects in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A one-year extension of a federal wind energy tax credit could provide a jolt for the wind industry, but developers say other obstacles remain in South Dakota. The wind energy industry had been stalled because of uncertainty over whether the tax break would be extended. The extension was included...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Felon in Possession Charge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced that 52-year-old Jess Porras, of McLaughlin, pleaded guilty to the charge earlier in the week. Prosecutors say Porras was acting as a deer hunt guide on tribal...
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SD Lawmakers Ready for New Debate on School Money

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are readying for another debate on funding for school districts as they head to Pierre for the year’s legislative session. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended that state aid to school districts be increased by 3 percent next year to account for inflation. It’s one of many issues...
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Some Ask: Is SD’s Pheasant Boom Headed for a Bust?

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A wildlife biologist says that South Dakota’s pheasant boom could go the way of the Black Hills gold rush of 1870s – as in, it might disappear. Pheasants Forever farm bill biologist Mike Blaalid says that the bust is tied to there being less land in the Conservation Reserve Program....
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31 People Died From Work Injuries in SD in 2011

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 31 people died from work injuries in South Dakota during 2011. The preliminary numbers show that the number of work-related fatalities in the state decreased by five from the previous year. Of the 31 fatalities, 14 were from transportation incidents. The agriculture,...
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Pierre Teen Enters Not Guilty Plea on Charges from December Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre teen who has been charged by a Hughes County Grand Jury for a December shooting has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.  16-year-old Braiden McCahren was indicted in December on charges of First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder and alternate counts of Aggravated Assault. ...
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Pierre City Leaders to Gather for Strategic Planning Session Monday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s City Commission and other city leaders will gather Monday for what has become an annual activity in recent years-a Strategic Planning Session.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says elected officials, leaders of city departments and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier will gather to look back what was laid out at...
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