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SD Chief Justice Urges Expansion of Drug Courts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson says courts that treat drug and alcohol offenders outside prison walls should be expanded as part of the effort to cut the state’s prison costs. Gilbertson on Wednesday delivered his annual State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the...
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DRG’s Joan Simons Celebrates 40 Year Work Anniversary

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group was proud yesterday to say congratulations to employee Joan Simons of Pierre.  Joan started as a book-keeper at KGFX on January 8, 1973.  Since that day, she has been with KGFX and the other stations that have become part of the Dakota Radio Group over...
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Leveled After December Convenience Store Break-in

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man who was arrested last month for a Pierre burglary pleaded not guilty yesterday to three counts leveled by a Hughes County Grand Jury.  26-year-old Joshua Link, who has been living in Fort Pierre, was indicted for felony charges of Third Degree Burglary and Grand Theft and in...
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PYP to Hold Meeting Tonight

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) An organizational meeting will be held for the Pierre Young Professionals this evening.  The group will elect board members, form committees and talk about the direction that PYP should take in the future.  People who are interested in learning more about the group can also attend.  Tonight’s PYP organizational...
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DRG Area Lawmakers Discuss Daugaard’s State of the State

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Reaction by central and western South Dakota lawmakers to Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State speech yesterday was mostly favorable.  Daugaard began his speech by saying that lawmakers and other state leaders must act responsibly to build a stronger South Dakota; think of the long term and make...
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SD Chief Justice to Discuss Drug, Alcohol Courts

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson will talk about alternative sentences for criminal offenders in his annual speech to the state Legislature. In his State of the Judiciary speech today, Gilbertson will talk about the judicial system’s role in a wide-ranging proposal to cut prison costs by treating...
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SD House Elects Representative Brian Gosch as Speaker

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican Rep. Brian Gosch of Rapid City has been elected speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives. As South Dakota’s legislative session started Tuesday, the House also elected Rep. Dean Wink of Howes as speaker pro tem, which puts him next in line to be speaker in two years....
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SD Lawmakers Like Governor’s Criminal Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders are joining with Gov. Dennis Daugaard to propose changes in the state’s criminal justice system. Daugaard in his State of the State speech Tuesday outlined proposals to cut prison costs by treating more criminal offenders outside prison walls. He says public safety also will be improved...
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SD Governor Proposes Changes in Justice System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the South Dakota Legislature to make sweeping changes in the state’s criminal justice system to help cut prison costs. Daugaard focused on the proposal in his State of the State address to open South Dakota’s 2013 legislative session. The proposal would change state laws to...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature NWS Official and Senator John Thune

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday brings the January broadcast of the monthly Dakota News Network program “South Dakota Perspective”.  Join co-hosts Mark Swartzell and Jeri Thomas for the hour long program.  This month’s guests will be Dave Hintz, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.  That segment will be followed...
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