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Federal Report Threatens 26 Rural Hospitals in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota official says 26 rural hospitals in the state are threatened by a federal agency's proposal that could eliminate the extra payments those hospitals get for service to Medicare patients.

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E-Cigarettes Cause Cancer

Here’s a terrible surprise from a recent study from France. The French government has now banned them from public use.

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Report: Underage Tobacco Sales at Record Lows

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — New statistics show that the sale of tobacco to minors in the U.S. were held near all-time lows last year under a federal-state inspection program intended to curb underage usage.

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More Than Half of Sioux Falls Adults Could Be at Risk for High Blood Pressure

Live Well Sioux Falls and The Big Squeeze community team announced the results from The Big Squeeze 2013 at a press conference Thursday.

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Health Clinic in Aberdeen Closing After 36 Years

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen health clinic that serves Native Americans and people with low incomes is closing at the end of the month.

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Native American Summit on Health Careers Scheduled

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Native American summit on careers in health care will be held next month in Rapid City.

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Ground Squirrel in California Tests Positive for Plague, Forces Closure of Campgrounds in Los Angeles

A dead squirrel found in Los Angeles County tested positive for bubonic plague, forcing the closure of all nearby campgrounds.

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Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Offers PiYo in the Park

PiYo is a cardio exercise format that challenges your strength and stamina with a foundation in Yoga and Pilates.

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Medicaid Task Force Meeting Wednesday

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.

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Officials Urge Steps to Prevent West Nile

South Dakota Health Department officials say it's time for people to start using insect repellant and take other steps to avoid being infected by the West Nile virus.

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