Bob Mercer reports from the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre for The Daily Republic and other newspapers around the state.
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PIERRE — The woman who tried to get a state legislator removed from the election ballot in 2012 said Monday she refuses to pay the $35,881.60 she now owes for...
PIERRE — The state Board of Economic Development adopted a new policy Tuesday for businesses that receive low-interest state loans for projects but don't fulfill their job-creation agreements. The board now will require that a business pay back the remainder of its loan at prime interest rate plus 2 percent. The previous policy used the commercial loan rate of the board's loan servicing agent, BankWest of Pierre. Banks vary in their commercial loan rates.
PIERRE — By the end of this year, state university officials and their consultants will deliver their plan for a new way of preparing leaders for South Dakota's rural schools and small schools. They're building on the work of Rainwater Leadership Alliance, a charity-backed effort that combined efforts of education officials in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Rice University, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania and Long Beach, Calif. The Rainwater group brought together innovative approaches that have been successful in developing principals and administrators for large
PIERRE — The University of South Dakota's medical school led a national change for teaching and training doctors with its "Yankton model," the past dean of the school said Saturday. Rodney Parry, who retired as dean in 2012, said his predecessor, Robert Talley, pioneered the Yankton approach while Talley was dean from 1987 through 2004. Parry said Harvard University and many other medical schools throughout the nation adopted Talley's model. Talley has been a leader in the medical school's administration since 1975 and continued in key roles since he stepped down as dean. Parry made
PIERRE -- The 2014 legislative session ended March 31 in a matter of 10 minutes without any vetoes to consider on veto day. But discussions already were brewing on significant issues that will get attention in the 2015 session that opens Jan. 13. Coming are recommendations from the task force on pheasant population that the governor appointed after the Huron summit in December. And the workforce development study and the railroad service study that Gov.
Officials look to increase deer populations in various places and provide more opportunities for hunters.
OACOMA -- Although hunters didn't reach the harvest limit on mountain lions in the Black Hills again this year, it's too early to reach conclusions, a game biologist told state Game, Fish and Parks Commission members Friday. The limits for the 2014 Black Hills season that closed Monday were 75 total lions or 50 females. The harvest was 53, with 21 males and 32 females. Nine of the 53 came from Custer State Park. Eight were taken using hounds at the park.
OACOMA -- South Dakota's main archery season for hunting deer isn't changing, at least for now. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission rejected a request Thursday to open the season two weeks earlier by shifting to the second Saturday in September. The commission's 6-0 decision keeps the opener on the fourth Saturday of September -- at least for this fall and probably next year, too. The state Wildlife Division plans to develop a management plan in 2015 for all deer hunting seasons. The starting date and length of the archery hunt will be part of the considerations, game chief Tom Kirsc
OACOMA -- Her time chairing the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission ended three months ago, but Susie Knippling showed Thursday she hasn't lost her sway. Knippling, from Gann Valley, testified at the public hearing on Black Hills elk seasons.
PIERRE -- The investment portfolio grew 13.6 percent in market value during the past nine months for the South Dakota Retirement System. That came on the heels of a 19 percent gain in fiscal 2013. But in reporting those results Thursday, state investment officer Matt Clark said he is deeply concerned about conditions in the national and world economies. "It's good we didn't give back last year's return -- yet, at least," Clark told trustees for South Dakota's public pension system. The system covers state government, state universities and those cities, counties, school districts and other