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SD House Panel Kills Gun Rights Expression Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House panel has shot down a measure aimed at expressing the Legislature’s belief that the U.S. Constitution prevents the federal government from restricting gun ownership. The House State Affairs Committee voted 8-4 Monday to defeat the Senate bill. Republican Sen. Larry Rhoden of Union Center was the...
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Panel Approves Economic Development Fund

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A comprehensive South Dakota economic development fund proposed by state legislators would be paid for with contractors excise tax collections and money from unclaimed property. Republican Sen. Corey Brown, of Gettysburg, outlined the Building South Dakota Fund to the House State Affairs Committee on Monday. The panel voted unanimously to...
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NWS Looks Back at February Stats for Central and NE South Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Last month brought a wide range of temperatures and snowfall in parts of central and northeastern areas of South Dakota.  The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says February saw average temperatures from three to five degrees below normal in northeast South Dakota and one to four degrees above normal...
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16th Annual Kids Voting SD Liberty Basketball Game Scheduled for Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 16th annual Kids Voting South Dakota Liberty Basketball Game and Taco Feed will be held this week in Pierre.  The Liberty Basketball Game is a major fundraiser for Kids Voting South Dakota and will be held Wednesday at Riggs High School.  The members of the House of Representatives...
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Gun Rights Rally Held Saturday in Capitol Rotunda

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Capitol rotunda was the site Saturday of a second gun rights rally.  Saturday’s event followed a similar gathering that was held at the Capitol in January.  Speakers included State Representative Lance Russell of Hot Springs and Senator Jeff Monroe of Pierre; Nancy First of Rapid City-the South Dakota...
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SD Lawmakers Delay Decision on State Revenue

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature’s budget-writing committee has delayed a decision on how much revenue to expect for the rest of the current year and the budget year that begins July 1. The Joint Appropriations Committee had planned to make a formal decision Monday. But House Appropriations Chairman Fred Romkema of...
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PVFD Responds to Two Calls Over the Weekend

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department responded to two different calls over the weekend.  On Friday night, about ten p.m., firefighters were summoned to a home in the 500 block of South Pierce, where a passerby noted sparks coming from a residential chimney.  Firefighters found that there was no problem...
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House Panel to Discuss Development Incentives

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A House panel plans to discuss a wide-ranging plan aimed at luring large industrial projects to the state while also helping to bring smaller projects to South Dakota. The measure introduced last week would focus on providing tax breaks for large projects that the state otherwise might not attract. It...
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SD Bill Urges Prenatal Care for Illegal Immigrants

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate committee is considering a bill that would provide prenatal care to pregnant women who are in the country illegally. The Health Committee heard testimony last week on the bill and plans to vote on it Monday. The bill previously was approved by the House. Supporters say...
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South Dakota Legislature: What to Know This Week

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have a lot to tackle in Pierre this week as they head into the final week of the annual legislative session. Legislators are expected to vote on measures meant to spur economic development and allow schools to arm teachers. But first, the Joint Appropriations Committee will decide...
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