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South Dakota is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool education. (LucÚlia Ribeiro/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although two pieces of legislation on early childhood education were deferred to the 41st legislative day, South Dakota advocates for young children say they're optimistic because the topic is now on the table. Senate Bills 155 and 156 would have established an early-childhood

A bill in the South Dakota Legislature could expand the number of nurse practitioners and midwives working in rural parts of the state. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. -- A bill that could expand the scope of services from nurse practitioners and nurse midwives has made it halfway through the South Dakota Legislature. Senate Bill 61 would allow the state Board of Nursing to license nurse practitioners. Its sponsor, Sen. Deb Soholt of Sioux Falls, sa

New research shows that states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing financial and health benefits across their health care systems. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Unlike South Dakota, states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing benefits across their health care systems, according to a new report. After looking at safety net hospitals and clinics in seven states, researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Familie

Native American tribal leaders are taking a 20-mile ceremonial horse ride to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Several tribal groups today are kicking off a protest over the nearly $4 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Tribal members are joining in a 20-mile horse ride inside the Standing Rock Reservation to set up a camp site at the Cannonball River near the North Dakota-South Dakot

Organic farmers can start applying for a program to help them pay for conservation buffers on their lands. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Organic farmers in South Dakota and across the nation soon will have a new tool to help their bottom lines while protecting the environment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to help cover the costs of setting up about 20,000 acres of new conservation buff

A South Dakota wildlife official is urging state lawmakers to shoot down a bill to allow bird hunting with a shotgun pistol. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D - A move to allow a certain type of handgun for game bird hunting could come up before the South Dakota House today. HB 1206 would allow hunters to use handguns that take a .410 gauge shotgun shell. But not everyone thinks it's a good move. Tony Leif is director of the wildlife divi

A package of bills aimed at helping South Dakota's Native American students is heading to the House after earning bipartisan support in the Senate. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The educational achievement gap for Native American students is a step closer to becoming history in South Dakota. Late last week, a pair of bills earned bipartisan approval in the state Senate. One would fund grants to set up three Native American achievement schools, the other wou

A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passes an important hurdle in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passed a hurdle in the South Dakota Legislature this week. A House committee approved a bill that would allow farmers to cultivate the plant, as long as it contains less than three-tenths of a percent of THC, the active ingredient

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