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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.
KENNEBEC -- The Tri-Bi-Quad Classic team triathlon will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Lake Byre, Kennebec. Three-person teams will compete with the first member swimming 350 yards across the lake, followed by the second member running a three-mile out-and-back course and then tagging off to the third member for a 8.5-mile bike ride on gravel, dirt and asphalt roads. Skinny tires are not recommended. Upon completion of the bike ride, all three members of the team will then canoe around a short course on the lake.
LifeQuest hosted its 28th Annual Dinner Meeting Thursday at the Highland Conference Center. Twenty-one staff members were honored at the dinner, including six people who have been with the organization for 20 years or longer. Lonnie Callies, Peggy Swift and Leann Waller have been with the organization for 20 years. Gail Denne and Carrie Tesch have been with the organization for 25 years, while Deb Brink marked 35 years of service to LifeQuest.
Street closures went into effect this morning for the Corn Palace Festival in Mitchell. The Fifth and Main parking lot closed at 4:30 a.m. So did First Avenue through Seventh Avenue on Main Street and a half-block on either side of the same stretch of Main Street. Carnival rides and other attractions will be set up for the festival's start on Wednesday.
PIERRE (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in central South Dakota teamed up last week to conduct checks on 99 registered sex offenders in the region. The U.S. Marshals Service says officials are continuing to investigate a handful of cases in which sex offenders might be prosecuted for breaking the law. Sex offenders must register where they live and work, and they can be prosecuted if the information they register is inaccurate. The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations.
In the festival of San Fermin each summer, bulls race through the streets of Pamplona, Spain, goring and trampling anything in their way. When a copycat event hits Richmond, Va., this weekend, the bulls may have to circumvent one additional obstacle: animal rights organizations that say the event is dangerous for people and animals.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband was hospitalized with congestive heart failure. He returned home, grew weaker, and after three days was diagnosed with severe dehydration and passed away the following day. How can that happen so quickly? Can medication be a factor? Please explain how the body organs are affected by severe dehydration. -- M.M.