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Former South Dakota Legislator John Sears Dies

PIERRE - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered that the flag at the state Capitol be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of a former state legislator who has died.

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Senate Bill Will Not Address Teacher Shortage in South Dakota

PIERRE - If the Governor and the legislature want to do more than put a band-aid on this problem, they are going to have to address the larger problem.

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Stone Age Politics: House Kills Medical Marijuana Bill

PIERRE - There is a multitude of anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s beneficial medical uses, however the federal government continues to treat it as a substance with no redeeming medical value.

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Panel Kills Medical Defense for Marijuana Charge

PIERRE - A South Dakota House committee has rejected a measure that would have let people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana argue in court that they need it for medical reasons.

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Rapid City Council to Pursue Policy on Prayer

RAPID CITY - The Rapid City Council has voted to draft a policy regarding prayer after a nonprofit group asked the council to end its practice of beginning meetings with an invocation.

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Do Wind Farm Developers Need Tax Rebates?

PIERRE - A bill recently introduced in the South Dakota Senate would attempt to make the state a more attractive locale by giving developers of wind farms not only a full refund of the state contractor’s excise tax but also 25% of the sales tax.

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Legislature Passes Criminal Justice Reform Plan

PIERRE - 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.

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Bill Would Set Runoff 10 Weeks After Primary

PIERRE - A South Dakota legislative committee has endorsed a measure that would extend the time between primary elections and runoff elections.

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Minnehaha GOP Scrapping Competing Forums

SIOUX FALLS - The Minnehaha County Republican Party is scrapping its plans to hold its own legislative forums that would have competed with ones hosted by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Legislature: What to Know This Week

PIERRE - The House Education Committee is weighing a bill that would allow individual school boards to designate teachers, administrators or others to be armed with guns in hopes of protecting against an attack such as the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead.

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