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The Davison and Hanson County 4-Hers had great Achievement Days. We always get asked at Achievement Days how exhibits compare with previous years. This year exhibits were outstanding with numbers being up over last year in both Davison and Hanson counties. I have kept track of ribbon placings each of the last 11 years I have been in Hanson County and this year exceeded the previous high by 76 exhibits! These highs represent a great deal of hard work shown by all of our 4-Hers.
There are two iron laws of energy policy in the United States. Iron Law No. 1: A higher federal excise tax on fuel would efficiently reduce gasoline consumption and its negative side effects (air pollution, traffic congestion, carbon emissions, dependence on foreign oil). Iron Law No. 2: Although economically rational, gas taxes are politically unpopular, so Congress will go to almost any length to avoid raising them, even if that means resorting to far less transparent policies.
She had on her Sunday best, as everyone else did. In her pretty, embroidered dress, done hair and cat-eye glasses, Kathleen Johnson was stretching to see the speakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and to snap a better photo of the crowds when -- splash! -- in she went. "It was the most embarrassing thing that could've happened to me," Johnson said, describing the day she lost her balance and fell into the National Mall's reflecting pool.
PIERRE -- A governor's aide said Wednesday the new State Veterans Home that the Daugaard administration plans to build at Hot Springs has a new design that should save about $10 million. That will bring construction costs back within the $41.3 million the Legislature approved last winter. The numbers of beds -- 52 for skilled nursing care and 48 for residential living -- aren't changing. But they will be grouped by floor, with skilled nursing on the main level and residential on the second story.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My youngest daughter gave birth this past Friday to a baby girl. She was supposed to leave the hospital today, but her blood pressure is very high and they say she has postpartum pre-eclampsia. I'm very worried. They are keeping her in the hospital for another day. The baby is fine, but I'm concerned about my daughter. What do you think about it? -- R.H.
Dear Heloise: One of the things I often see on the street is a mattress that has fallen off somebody's vehicle. People do not realize that a gust of wind or the wind they create by driving can cause the mattress to flip up and fall off. I have seen two mattresses on the street within the past week. Anybody who moves a mattress needs to loop a strong rope through the loops on the sides and across the mattress in at least two or three places. Crisscross the ropes across the mattress as well. -- William K. in Houston
WASHINGTON — Donald Cash was just a teenager in 1963 when he finished his shift at a downtown clothing store in Washington and joined the throngs marching toward the National Mall. He never got close enough to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak, but always considered himself a beneficiary of the march as one of the first African-Americans hired to cut meat at a Giant supermarket.
Wood is strong, abundant, and cheap. But when it comes to the hot prospect of turning trees and agricultural waste into an energy source for cars and trucks, wood gets in the way. Now, scientists say they've found a possible solution to this difficulty, one that could dramatically reduce the cost of tomorrow's fuels.
PIERRE -- Frustration filled the room at a legislative meeting Wednesday over what's become a three-year deadlock between the state Department of Social Services and a major technology company hired to create a new Medicaid management information system for processing claims. CNSI received the contract in 2008 but halted work in 2010 as the two sides went to state court against each other on the far-from-finished project. Federal authorities, who are responsible for 90 percent of the project's costs, made the company and South Dakota use a mediator instead.
CHICAGO -- State legislatures trying to curtail abortions have suffered a 0-for-8 losing streak after court challenges to their new laws this year. The laws, all but one signed by Republican governors, drew on ideas from a playbook created by an anti-abortion group. Democrats plan to use the attempted curbs to boost 2014 congressional fundraising and increase voter support, calling the laws part of a "War on Women."