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By Nora Hertel PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota representative said Thursday she was disappointed to watch her bill prohibiting certain traffic cameras die by a narrow margin in a Senate hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 Thursday to kill the bill, which would have kept local governments from using cameras with radar detectors to ticket drivers for speed and red-light violations. The bill had passed through the House earlier this month. "I thought I had it," Democrat Peggy Gibson of Huron said after the hearing. A court ruling in a 2006 case fi
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man charged with murder in the death of a toddler in South Dakota has told a jury that he did not hurt the victim. Twenty-six-year-old Congolese refugee Manegabe Ally testified Wednesday during his trial for the death of 18-month-old Merveil Kasangu, the son of a woman he lived with. The Argus Leader ( http://argusne.ws/1lmfL0v ) reports he faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. Ally was caring for Kasangu on Christmas Eve 2012, when he called 911 to report that the boy wasn't breathing.
The central South Dakota counties of Sully and Hyde -- home to county seats Onida and Highmore -- logged the No. 1 and No. 3 growth rates in all of South Dakota in 2012, according to recently released federal data.
PLANKINTON -- Robert and Betty Schabot, Plankinton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 27. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 24646 386th Ave., Plankinton, S.D., 57368.
Ranchers could have checks as soon as April from farm bill disaster programs that will pay ranchers for livestock losses from the October blizzard and the 2012 drought, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.
South Dakota farmers and ranchers have waited a long time to get a new farm bill through Congress, but they won't have to wait long to talk to Rep. Kristi Noem about the policies that will govern American agriculture for the next five years. Noem, R-S.D., plans to tour the state to provide information about the new programs and how farmers and ranchers can use them. Specific dates and venues will be released in the coming days, she told reporters Wednesday.
Technology grants for projects totaling more than $285,000 were issued to 29 Community Anchor Institutions across South Dakota. This program is part of the federal Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration's State Broadband Initiative. Project funding will provide technology improvements in the areas of: • Firewalls, a form of cyber security, to protect computers against malware, spyware, viruses and other threatening content. • Network switches to ensure uptime and stability as well as increase network speeds and performance.
On a converted dairy farm in western South Dakota, a helping hand from electric cooperatives is going a long way. Since an early October storm wiped out nearly 22,000 cattle in the region, the farm has turned into a flurry of bovine activity as a staging ground for Heifers for South Dakota, an all-volunteer program that matches donations of livestock with needy ranchers.
WASHINGTON -- Buried in more than 900 pages of the new farm bill is a small nationwide program that will allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets. It's not an empty gesture Congress is making to the poor after slashing $8 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program budget, advocates said. They see it as a program that will help tens of thousands of SNAP users eat more nutritious foods, perhaps avoiding a paradox of the poor: getting fat on food stamps.