Poverty strikes SD doctorate degree students

BY STEVE YOUNG Argus Leader (AP) — She came to a community garden in Vermillion last summer looking for produce to feed her hunger. He stared at his pay stubs and realized, amazingly enough, that he qualified for food stamps. You wouldn’t expect to find poverty where the highest learning … Read Article

State paid bundle to Benda without supporting receipts

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The former state official that pioneered recruitment of Asian investors for a handful of South Dakota projects received many tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements for expenses in a two-year period that weren’t backed up receipts or other proof, a special … Read Article

High school activities board adopts policy on open meetings and records

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The board of directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Associated decided Tuesday to approve and adopt an official policy on open meetings and records. “Effective immediately,” chairman Darren Paulson of Rapid City said after the pair of 7-0 votes. The … Read Article

Legislature OKs plan for EB-5 hearings as GOED makes federal report available

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The state Senate gave final approval Monday to a plan for legislative hearings on the EB-5 immigrant investor program in South Dakota. Senators voted 33-1 to approve HCR 1010. The measure previously cleared the House of Representatives 51-18. The Governor’s Office of … Read Article