FORT PIERRE — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission informally agreed Friday that Gary Jensen, of Rapid City, should be its member on the building committee that will oversee...
PIERRE -- South Dakota students pay some of the highest tuition and fees for public campuses in the region. Yet the financial aid available to assist students lags far behind neighboring states. Earlier this year, the Legislature and Gov. Dennis Daugaard took a rare step.
FORT PIERRE -- A noted wildlife researcher delivered results from two more studies about mountain lions in the Black Hills on Thursday to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission. Jon Jenks, a South Dakota State University faculty member, said the population is genetically healthy, based on 10 years of studying dead lions, and deer comprise more than 80 percent of food for the lions. A third study of bighorn sheep found that most lambs died from pneumonia or predators, or a combination of the two. Jenks uses radio collars for much of his research into Black Hills species including t
PIERRE — State biologists aren't recommending any changes to the next hunting season for mountain lions. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will consider the proposal at its meeting today and Friday in Fort Pierre. If changes aren't sought, the commission won't need to hold a public hearing next month about the season.
PIERRE — Unsure about some of the evidence, the state Public Utilities Commission delayed final action Wednesday on the permit for two companies to construct a high-voltage electricity transmission line across northeastern South Dakota. Montana-Dakota Utilities and Otter Tail Power want the line to connect new substations near the Big Stone power plant in Grant County and near Ellendale, N.D. Commission chairman Gary Hanson said he wants more time to review the evidence and the possible conditions that could be placed on the permit. "I'm just not 100 percent there ready to support thi
PIERRE -- South Dakota saw a spike in fiscal 2011 in charges filed in state courts alleging sex crimes involving minors, followed by a decline during the three years since then, according to Greg Sattizahn, the state court system's administrator. Sattizahn told members of the Legislature's task force on child sexual abuse that disposition of cases in the past five years appeared to be heavy on dismissals, but many cases involved multiple charges. In fiscal 2014, for example, there were 379 dismissals of charges, while 86 people pleaded guilty, 18 were convicted at trial and seven were acquit
PIERRE -- An estimated 80 percent children who have been sexually abused never tell anyone about it, the chairman of a new South Dakota task force said Tuesday at the panel's first meeting. "We absolutely don't know what to do. And because of that, the conversation has never been opened up," state Sen. Deb Soholt said. "This is not something where there are winners and losers. There are only losers." Soholt, R-Sioux Falls, was prime sponsor of the state law creating the task force during the 2014 legislative session.
PIERRE -- State government awarded $113,985,231.94 in construction tax refunds for projects in South Dakota between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2014. More than $67 million of those refunds came since early 2009. Those were under a state program that expired at the end of 2012. Projects were allowed to continue collecting their refunds through this year. We know the names of the companies and the amounts they received but nothing more. They fit on a two-page document published by the state Department of Revenue.
PIERRE — The Legislature’s investigatory committee looking into South Dakota’s involvement in the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program has wrapped up most of its work unless a federal investigation would...
PIERRE — The state Department of Social Services decided it could increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing homes by 4 percent this summer, on top of the 3 percent raise that the Legislature approved last winter. Several legislators made clear Monday they weren't pleased that the state department didn't tell them before notifying nursing homes about the extra 4 percent. The 4 percent will cost an estimated $2.5 million of state general funds and about $5.3 million from all sources of government revenue, according to state Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. Valenti discuss