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President Obama Opposes House Keystone Energy Pipeline Bill

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.  The White House said Tuesday that the bill “seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes” by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The...
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Scotland Woman Claims Ten Thousand Dollar Power Ball Prize

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Scotland woman has claimed her $10,000 Powerball prize.  South Dakota lottery officials say Pamela Cokeley matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the third prize in Saturday’s drawing.  The odds of winning are about one in 649,000.  The jackpot currently sits at $40...
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South Dakota Social Services Wants Indian Tribes Lawsuit Dropped

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by two tribes alleging that the state routinely breaks federal law governing foster care and adoptions for American Indian children.  The Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribes, along with...
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Larson to be School and Public Lands Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint Vern Larson of Vivian as South Dakota’s commissioner of school and public lands. Larson, a former state treasurer and state auditor, will replace Jarrod Johnson as head of the agency that administers state lands set aside to support schools and state institutions. Johnson...
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