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South Dakota

On Nov. 8, South Dakotans rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized marijuana in the state among anyone 21 years and over. Now, the more than 100 businesses clamoring for a piece of this industry will have to attempt to sustain themselves on a few thousand medical patients.
Jason Shields, 38, of Wagner, was arrested and charged after the lives of both Noem and Judge Donna Bucher were threatened via email and fax.
After filing papers with the Public Utilities Commission in late September, Navigator CO2, which is looking to build a 1300-mile pipeline across parts of the Midwest, completed their legally-required public input meetings along the short route in South Dakota. Landowners oppose the pipeline on safety and economic concerns.
The open enrollment period, which allows signups for subsidize health insurance through HealthCare.gov, began on Nov. 1 and lasts until Jan. 15. On top of continued subsidies for individuals, a change to the "family glitch" could make thousands of families newly eligible for lower-cost coverage.

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Following an executive order on Nov. 29, TikTok, a wildly popular and controversial social media app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, will no longer be legally accessible on state-owned and state-leased devices. In the order, Gov. Kristi Noem referenced the potential for data collected by ByteDance to be handed over to Chinese authorities.
The Fargo-based company will make its first expansion into the Sioux Falls television market, which covers roughly half of South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
The second of four planned public hearings on a controversial set of updates to the South Dakota social studies curriculum, held in the Sioux Falls Convention Center, saw three hours of commentary from supporters and opponents of the standards. The proposed curriculum features a larger volume of concepts than the current state curriculum and was developed with less educator involvement than in past processes.
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act, a bipartisan bill backed by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson and U.S. Sen. John Thune among others in Washington, made the first major alterations to federal maritime rules in more than 20 years, potentially handing down more severe fines on ocean shippers discriminating against businesses.
Family Support 360 is a self-directed program funded by Medicaid that allows families of disabled children and adults to keep their loved ones at home while being reimbursed for certain care costs.
Expanded supply of marijuana won't change the policies and practice of Sioux Falls Police Department

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Responding to soil erosion and nutrient flows that have led to deteriorating water quality in the Big Sioux River, several South Dakota nonprofits and agencies are looking to work with producers to improve wildlife habitat, recreation and water quality in the Eastern part of the state.
After a nearly 30 point loss in what many in the party had hoped would be a tight gubernatorial contest, Democrats in South Dakota are left taking stock of how to reverse a decades-long negative trend of party registration and influence.
Volatile natural gas prices are affected by war in Ukraine and fluctuating international markets.

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