With nearly $1.6 billion in state and federal funding for water and sewer improvements entering the coffers of cities and rural water systems, engineering and contracting firms in the state are bracing for impact.
Expanding health insurance for low-income families is on the ballot in November. Measure would increase the maximum income to qualify to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That portion of the population grew between 2018 and 2020.
The roundtable discussion with producers and conservation groups focused on the environmental programs in the expansive legislation, such as the Conservation Reserve Program. A new farm bill is set to be negotiated throughout next year.
Cases of fraud or alleged fraud have caused uncertainty and mistrust among some consumers in an industry that relies largely on the honesty of producers, processors and packagers to maintain the integrity of the industry.
With transportation and other necessities costing households more, total visitors to the state in May were 7% below the same time last year. Various attractions around the state say they're noticing the drop.
Plans moving forward to put constitutional amendment before voters in 2024 to preserve access to abortion in the state. Two previous statewide elections, in 2006 and 2008, rejected legislative efforts to ban abortion in most cases.
Bison that lived 3,000 years ago were 37% larger than those living today because of a warming climate — a trend that will accelerate, with bison projected to become 46% smaller by the end of the century. Bison are shaggy sentinels of climate change on the prairie.
State health officials identified two cases, in Minnehaha and Spink counties. South Dakota has reported more than 2,681 human cases and 47 deaths since West Nile virus was first reported in the state in 2002.