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South Dakota Economic Development Office under investigation

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South Dakota's attorney general and governor have confirmed an investigation into the state economic development office.


Gov. Dennis Daugaard acknowledged the investigation Wednesday in response to questions from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, which first reported it.
    
He says he learned earlier this year about the "alleged misconduct" that happened before he became governor in 2010.
    
Daugaard says there's been a federal investigation and he asked the state to investigate.
    
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed the state has received requests for a review.

"I will confirm that requests have been made for authorities to review allegations of financial misconduct," Jackley said. "That investigation is ongoing, and I am therefore unable to provide further information."

A former secretary of the department died Oct. 22 of a gunshot wound near Lake Andes. Richard Benda served from 2006 to 2010 under former Gov. Mike Rounds. His funeral was Tuesday.
    
A governor's aide declined to say whether Benda was the subject of the investigation.

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