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 state Department of Labor and its unemployment insurance advisory council plan to analyze the pros and cons of making partial UI benefits available for South Dakota workers whose employers reduce their hours rather than have lay-offs. Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman and state unemployment insurance director Pauline Heier discussed the topic Monday with members of the UI council. They informally agreed that several employer groups would survey members, while the department's UI staff would look at potential administration expenses and possible effects on the unemployment trust fu
PIERRE -- Meat processors in South Dakota could donate wild game that hunters don't claim, under a new rule proposed by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission. The plan would let processors declare wild game as abandoned after a certain length of time.
YANKTON -- Might flying fish become a tourist attraction?
YANKTON — Much bigger changes might be coming for deer hunting in South Dakota beyond the recommended reductions in licenses and tags that receive a public hearing today by the...
PIERRE — No incumbent lawmaker lost in the unofficial results, but one faces a potential recount, and voters chose new legislators from various districts Tuesday in Republican and Democratic primary...
PIERRE -- If you care how elections are conducted in South Dakota, or how political money is tracked, or how businesses are registered, or how public notaries are supervised, or other duties of the secretary of state, then you might want to pay attention to an important contest that will be decided in a roundabout way by Republican voters in South Dakota's primary elections Tuesday. Yes, that's a convoluted sentence — on purpose, to make a point.
PIERRE — Bob Breukelman, the man who oversaw construction of Northern Beef Packers at Aberdeen, began testimony Wednesday in day two of a trial in federal bankruptcy court over a...
PIERRE — Dick Cheney, our nation's previous vice president, was known to hunt pheasants on occasion at Paul Nelson Farm near Gettysburg. Paul marketed his complex as the highest quality available for pheasant hunting. Current prices range from $4,995 apiece for a party of six or more, to $6,795 for a single hunter. Those cover lodging, three days of hunting with guides and dogs, with five birds per day, and free use of shotguns and other related services. Also included are food and beverages and unlimited shotgun shells to use in the field and on the clays range. Those facts became
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.
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.