The state Board of Education delivered a message to the presidents of South Dakota's public technical institutes Monday: Find agreement on adding and expanding programs. Otherwise, the board will become more involved and develop a longer and more detailed process of determining which schools offer various degrees. The board's position comes in the wake of a March dispute. Mitchell Technical Institute's leadership opposed the addition of an electrician program at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls that Gov.
BROOKINGS -- The two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor took opposite sides Tuesday on the death penalty, uranium mining, education funding and rural mass transit. State Rep.
PIERRE -- Trying to rebuild South Dakota's deer populations, state wildlife biologists want fewer does taken by hunters during the 2014 rifle seasons this fall. Their plan calls for greatly reducing two-tag and three-tag licenses, especially those that can be used only for taking antlerless deer. Those reductions would be partially offset by offering more single-tag licenses that can be used for any deer including bucks. The overall effect of the Wildlife Division's plan would be tens of thousands fewer does killed by hunters this autumn, and therefore, many more does available to bear fawn
SYLVAN LAKE -- In many South Dakota counties this fall, there won't be any firearms licenses available specifically for hunting only antlerless deer such as does and fawns, under proposals made Thursday by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The commissioners are following the recommendations of the state Wildlife Division.
PIERRE -- The Legislature's Executive Board renewed its travel-reimbursement policy for another year Thursday, including compensation for attending American Legislative Exchange Council events. The ALEC provision caused the board members to split 10-3 for approval. House Democrats Spencer Hawley, of Brookings, and Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, joined Republican Sen.
PIERRE -- The federal government's highway trust fund will run out of highway money this summer, putting road and bridge projects into financial uncertainty, South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Thursday. He told members of the state Transportation Commission that the fund could be empty as early as July unless Congress provides an injection of general funds. This isn't new.
PIERRE — The possible effects of converting to actual use in setting taxable values for agriculture property should be studied, a state panel decided Tuesday. South Dakota currently uses an agriculture-productivity system for determining taxable values.
PIERRE -- Dakota Rural Action won a foothold Tuesday in a major utility company's request to charge higher prices for electricity to its western South Dakota customers. Black Hills Power, however, was able to convince the state Public Utilities Commission that Dakota Rural Action should be limited to participating as a commenter, rather than receive full status as an intervener. Black Hills Power applied for a 9.27 percent increase that would generate an estimated $14.6 million more annually in electricity revenue for the Rapid City-based utility. The company said the average residential cu
PIERRE -- While the federal funding level remains uncertain, the state Department of Transportation is pushing forward with its public meetings this summer about South Dakota's next highway plan. In a switch, one meeting will be converted to a statewide Internet session. Department officials announced the change Thursday to the state Transportation Commission. "We're hoping we can get more participation on this," Joel Jundt said. He is the department's director of planning and engineering. The schedule in recent years has been five community meetings.
PIERRE -- The 2014 budget year that ends June 30 hasn't been kind to the South Dakota Lottery. Officials said Thursday revenue was down; the estimated total through June 14 from the three sets of games was nearly $105.7 million. At the similar point one year ago it was $107.5 million. State government's 50 percent take from privately owned video lottery machines was almost $91.6 million.