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State: Pavement rehabilitation to begin through Pierre and Fort Pierre April 23

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Transportation says work will begin on Tuesday, April 23, to finish the pavement rehabilitation project on highways U.S. 14/U.S. 14B/U.S. 83 and S.D. 34 through Pierre and Fort Pierre. This work was postponed due to the blizzard last week.

The work includes joint spall repair, full and partial panel replacement, and sealing joints and random cracks. The contractor will also be placing new pavement marking on Sioux & Wells Avenues through Pierre.

During all operations, traffic will be carried through the work zone with the use of flaggers and lane closures. It is likely that the contractor will be working in Pierre and Fort Pierre simultaneously.

Motorists can except multiple lane closures throughout the project that will reduce the road width. An 11-foot width restriction will be placed on Highway 14/14B from the Highway 14/83 junction in Fort Pierre through Pierre, to the base of Garfield Avenue (Highway 14/34 junction). Over-width vehicles will be required to go around the dam in lieu of going through the construction zones.

Motorists should pay close attention to signage, continuously changing and moving work areas, and be aware of construction workers and equipment adjacent to the driving lanes.

The approximate completion date for the project will be mid-June.

The prime contractor is Diamond Surface, Inc. from Rogers, Minnesota on the $802,273 contract.

For complete road construction information, visit or dial 511.

National: Facebook’s data sharing practices brought into question

According to a report by investigative journalists Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar with NBC News, internal emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries from Facebook leaked to a small group of journalists indicate that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zukerberg “oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its user’s data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting data.”

The report explains that the leaks are a second span of documents that call into question Facebook’s commitment to protect the privacy of users.

Solon and Farvar explain in their investigative report, that the company would release data to some companies that purchase advertising space on Facebook, but not to other companies that are not generating a profit for Facebook or that are seen as competitors.

“Facebook denied that it gave preferential treatment to developers or partners because of their ad spending or relationship with executives. The company has not been accused of breaking the law,” the NBC article states.

The allegations of unethical data sharing are explored in-depth in the article, “Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show.”

The journalists report that Facebook officials say that the 4,000 documents that date back to 2012 are taken out of context and do contradict the decisions, policies and plans the company shares with the public.

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