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New Law Signed by President Lets Tribes Seek Direct Disaster Aid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The response to natural disasters and other emergencies in American Indian communities is expected to improve thanks to legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. Tribes are now able to seek federal disaster aid directly from the president rather than waiting for state governors to make a declaration. The...
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Daugaard Signs Tourism Tax Measure into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed his first bill of the 2013 legislative session. House bill 1066 continues the current tax rate on tourism-related businesses during the June-September period. The governor’s office says the tax on the gross receipts of most tourism-related goods and services was 1 percent until...
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Spring Wheat Prices Down 52 Cents From December

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Agriculture Department says spring wheat prices for January are averaging $8.06 per bushel, a decrease of 52 cents from the previous month. The South Dakota office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service says the preliminary winter wheat price of $7.96 is down 35 cents from last month...
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SD Officials Hold Workshops on Fixing Shelterbelts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state Agriculture Department is holding workshops in northwestern South Dakota on how to renovate shelterbelts. The free workshops will provide information on how to evaluate shelterbelts and plan improvements. Information will include replacing or removing selected trees and shrubs. John Hinners of the Agriculture Department says drastic drops in...
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SD House Committee Hears Bill on Marijuana Defense

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota lawmakers – one a police officer and the other a retired police chief – say people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana should be able to defend themselves in court by arguing they need it for medical reasons. Rep. Dan Kaiser is an Aberdeen police officer...
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SD Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a plan to cut the state’s prison costs by treating more nonviolent offenders in community programs. The House voted 63-7 to pass the bill, which was approved last week by the Senate. The measure now goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for...
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Dancing with the Stars Comes to Fort Pierre Tonight

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tonight brings the sixth annual “Dancing with the Stars” event to Fort Pierre.  The evening is held as Capital Area United Way’s annual Thank You Dinner and Recognition Celebration-according to Gloria Hanson, Executive Director for United Way.  Doors open at the Community and Youth Involved Center at 5:00...
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SDHP Holding February Sobriety Checkpoints

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Highway Patrol will have another series of sobriety checkpoints next month.  February checkpoints are to be held at various locations in 13 South Dakota counties.  Some area counties where checkpoints will be held include Hughes, Stanley and Tripp.  For checkpoint text alerts, visit www.actcivilized.com.
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Fire Breaks Out in Big Rig Parked at Vivian Business Wednesday

KENNEBEC, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in a semi truck parked at a Vivian truck stop yesterday caused damage to the big rig.  Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger says the fire was reported just after seven Wednesday morning in a semi truck parked at the Coffee Cup.  The truck was parked about eight...
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Pickup Badly Damaged After Early Morning Fire in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A pickup was heavily damaged this morning when it started on fire inside a Fort Pierre garage.  Fort Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the fire was reported about 6:40 a.m. this morning at 2114 Tiree Drive.  The vehicle was parked inside a detached garage at that residence. ...
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