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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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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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Lawmakers Look at Teen Driving Safety Measures

PIERRE - A South Dakota legislative panel is looking at a proposal that would prohibit beginning drivers from using cellphones while behind the wheel.

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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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Congress Goes Down To The Wire On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

New Filibuster Rules Could Lead to More of the Same Ineffective Congress

If you enjoyed the last two years of a historically ineffectual Congress, get ready more of the same.

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Group Challenges Prayer Before Rapid City Council Meetings

RAPID CITY - The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked the Rapid City Council to stop the tradition of having a local minister lead a prayer to start council meetings.

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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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