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Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., hopes an effort to roll back an expansion of the federal Clean Water Act will meet with the same success found in unraveling plans to regulate workers on small farms. Noem is one of 231 members of Congress who signed a letter to top federal officials complaining that expanding clean water regulations to cover water-filled ditches, small marshes known as prairie potholes and seasonal wetlands would be "legally and scientifically unsound." "This rule has been built on an incomplete scientific study and a flawed economic analysis.
Railroad companies deserve credit for clearing up much of the backlog that had plagued South Dakota and surrounding states, Sen.
The school nutrition reforms passed in 2010 after much lobbying by First Lady Michelle Obama are costing too much and should be rolled back, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and 41 other U.S. House members say. The group wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack arguing that schools need more flexibility under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, just as a second round of nutrition standards are set to take effect for the coming school year. "Together, we share the goal of healthier food options and outcomes for our children," reads the letter.
South Dakota farmers and ranchers are setting aside fewer acres under the federal Conservation Reserve Program. The program, part of the farm bill since 1985, pays farmers and ranchers to keep land out of production as a way to promote wildlife habitat and water quality. When the federal fiscal year ended at the beginning of October, 69,510 acres that had been under CRP contract in South Dakota left the program as contracts expired. Owen Fagerhaug, South Dakota's conservation program manager for the federal Farm Service Agency, estimates that about 35,000 of those acres are coming back unde
When two-term South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds left office in 2010, political observers widely speculated that he would seek a U.S. Senate seat in 2014 and that he would win election as easily as he had won his gubernatorial races. Very few counted on the aggressive campaigns three strong candidates would run against him or the scandal that has unfolded for more than a year around his administration's use of the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Through the attacks and drip-drip-drip of EB-5 headlines, Rounds has doggedly stuck to the positive campaign style that won for him in the past.
Americans ought to be able to refinance their student loans just as they can refinance their mortgages when interest rates dip, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said Wednesday. A bill that would have paved the way for this reform was blocked by Senate Republicans, who contended in national reports that the bill was merely election-year posturing by Democrats.
Lots of South Dakotans borrow to pay for higher education, but they borrow less per student than their peers around the country. South Dakota has close to the lowest student loan debt load in the nation, according to the Federal Reserve. With between $18,000 and $20,000 owed by those who borrowed in order to pursue college or career training, only Wyoming students have a lower per-borrower debt load, at less than $18,000, reports the Fed. The report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St.
Most counties in the Daily Republic's readership region grew from 2012 to 2013, but three grew faster than the rest, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. Lyman County, on the west side of the Missouri River, grew 2.4 percent to 3,892 residents. Across the river to the east, Brule County grew 1.3 percent to 5,366 to rank as the region's third-fastest growing county. Douglas County ranked No.
South Dakota's two U.S. senators said the terrorism threat perennially arising from the Middle East requires a global reaction from countries around the world. After President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations Wednesday, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Sen.
A California arbitrator has dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit initially brought against South Dakota in 2008 and related to the EB-5 program, which has become an issue in the state's U.S. Senate campaign. Darley International, of Los Angeles, had argued for breach of contract against the state and Hanul Professional Law Corp., also of Los Angeles.