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New Law Revamps SD Criminal Justice System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new law taking effect Monday seeks to cut South Dakota’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders through intensive probation, parole and other programs outside prison walls. Officials say that without the sweeping changes, the state would have to build a new men’s prison and a new women’s prison...
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Former Farm Bureau Official Honored for Ag Work

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The former chief executive officer of the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation has been honored for his agricultural work in the state. Michael Held was honored for his work in the industry during the Governor’s Ag Development Summit last week in Pierre. Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented the award to Held....
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SD Schools Slow to Use Law Allowing Armed Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota school districts can arm teachers, other staff or volunteers with guns under a new state law taking effect Monday. But officials say they know of no district that has taken formal steps to designate so-called sentinels to beef up school security. The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Scott Craig...
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Judge Upholds Sentence in Cab Driver Killing in 1996 in Stanley County

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has upheld the 261-year prison sentence given to a Minnesota man who was 16 when he was involved in the 1996 kidnapping and murder of a Pierre taxicab driver. Shawn Cameron Springer, who is now 34, pleaded guilty in 1996 to kidnapping for his role...
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