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Sobriety Checkpoints Planned in July

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) As it does each month, the South Dakota Highway Patrol will have a series of sobriety checkpoints in July.  The checkpoints are scheduled in 18 counties across the state.  In central and western South Dakota, some counties that will be included next month are Jackson, Walworth, Tripp, Hughes, Stanley,...
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New Reservation Process in Place for Steamboat Park Amphitheater

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The City of Pierre reminds area residents that a new reservation process is in place for the use of Steamboat Park Amphitheater.  Reservations for the amphitheater will be taken after July 13.  The facility had to be repaired and updated after the 2011 flood and because of that-a new...
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Governor Says Exports Key to Agricultural Growth

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says increased exports will play a key role in the continued growth of South Dakota’s agricultural industry. Daugaard says farmers, ranchers and agricultural business owners need to remember that most potential buyers are outside of the United States. He says South Dakota has increased its...
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Tornado touch down near Selby

Mobridge, S.D. (KOLY) – I’m sure most of you have heard by now that last night there was a tornado touch down between Selby and Java. Well I talked to Kim Biel who is a resident in Java and who actually witnessed the touch down. She was on her way home from her son’s baseball...
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ACLU of SD Praises Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is calling the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage a historic victory for gay and lesbian Americans and a tremendous step forward for equality. But Jana Kooren says the decisions don’t affect South Dakota’s ban...
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Medicaid Task Force Continues Meeting Today in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state task force studying the possibility of expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 48,000 low-income South Dakotans meets Wednesday as it nears the end of its study. The panel, appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, will not recommend whether the program should be expanded, but instead will identify the...
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Fireworks Go On Sale Thursday in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday. Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks. Legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota starts Thursday. People can discharge fireworks legally up until July 7...
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More Than 300 SD Firefighters Helping in Colorado

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – More than 300 firefighters from across South Dakota are helping battle the wildfires raging in Colorado. The Rapid City Journal reports that some of the South Dakota firefighters are nearing the end of a 14-day rotation in a region where fires have burned across rugged mesas and mountains. Jay...
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Both Sides See Hopeful Signs in Obama’s Comments on Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas are each finding some reason for optimism in President Barack Obama’s comments today about the standard that should be applied in approving or rejecting the project. Obama, in a speech at Georgetown University, said the pipeline should only be...
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Supreme Court Ruling Assault on Tribes, Abourezk Says

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The former South Dakota lawmaker who authored the law meant to keep Native American families together called Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that a Native American child doesn’t have to be given to her biological parent “an assault on tribal sovereignty.” The justices ruled that the Indian Child Welfare...
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