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PIERRE (AP) — A Pierre woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the federal government. Thirty-seven-year-old Brandis Rose was accused of misappropriating more than $8,700 while working in 2009 for South Dakota CARES, an organization affiliated with the federal Social Security Administration. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Rose will be sentenced Oct. 28 on the charge of theft of government funds. She could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The winter wheat harvest and the development of row crops continue to lag behind last year's pace in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the past week was marked by continued below-normal temperatures. Eighty-seven percent of the state's winter wheat crop is in the bin, compared with 98 percent on average and 100 percent last year. The report says the late-season corn, soybean and sunflower crops in South Dakota all are behind last year's pace and the average in their development.
PIERRE -- The Legislature's rules review committee refused to give clearance Tuesday to broader regulations sought by the state Agriculture Department over South Dakota's dairies that generate raw milk for retail sale. The panel voted 3-2 to send the proposed rules back because the small-business financial impact statement wasn't adequately researched.
CHICAGO -- Deere & Co. forecast a decline in U.S. farm revenue, a key indicator of agricultural-equipment sales, through 2014 as crop prices weaken. U.S. farm cash receipts will drop to $389.8 billion in 2013 and $379.7 billion next year from a record $402.1 billion last year, the world's largest farm-equipment maker said in a slide presentation accompanying its fiscal third-quarter earnings report Wednesday. Deere's annual sales have gained 50 percent since fiscal 2007 as farmers' revenue was bolstered by a rally in agricultural commodities.
Maybe, just maybe, we're on to something when preschoolers are asking for seconds of broccoli. This, they swear, is the case at the Head Start program at the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center in D.C., which I visited last week. "Fresh broccoli -- they eat it like candy," head cook Evon Gaither told me in the center's full-service kitchen. "They love collard greens. And last week, I stir-fried squash. They loved that."
A strange type of star never before found near the Milky Way's center is providing new clues about the bizarre behavior of the supermassive black hole lurking at the heart of our galaxy.
WASHINGTON -- South Dakota adults rank in the middle of the obesity pack in the United States, according to a recent study. According to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013," a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, South Dakota's adults tied with Illinois for the 24th fattest. The study noted that 28.1 percent of South Dakota's adults are considered obese.
When I studied the U.S. Constitution in school, I learned that for a bill to become law it first had to be introduced in either the House or the Senate. Today, a cynic might say for a bill to become law a member of Congress must first be introduced to a lobbyist. Much of government's dysfunction, cost and overreach can be traced to the abandonment of the constitutional boundaries the Founders put in place for the purpose of controlling the lust for power.
When President Eisenhower nominated Charles Wilson, CEO of General Motors, to be secretary of defense, critics raised the concern that Wilson would never be able to make a decision in his newly proposed role that was adverse to the interests of GM. Thus, in the congressional hearings to consider the nomination, Wilson was asked if he thought he would be able to do what is best for the country even if it wasn't best for the company he had led.
PIERRE -- The $2.7 million renovation of the state Capitol's 199 panels of antique stained glass began Monday, as the first pieces were carefully lifted from the beautiful center dome and lowered one at a time in a special protective crate to the rotunda floor 96 feet below. The project will encompass much more than the rotunda, however. It is scheduled to take about 14 months and be completed by Oct. 1, 2014. The target is that everything is back in place and looking as good as new or better for the 125th anniversary of statehood on Nov. 2, 2014.