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U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - SD: Education

Educators want state lawmakers to consider South Dakota kids when they allocate budget revenues, which are higher than originally predicted. (HollyDornak/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. - Supporters of public education in South Dakota hope the state's brighter revenue picture means legislators will focus on schools and provide the financial resources to help them thrive. State law says aid for schools must increase annually by the rate of inflation, which currently is

In her second State of the State address, Gov. Kristi Noem promised to grow South Dakota's economy, which has lagged behind the nation's. (foundationforgovernment.org)

PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Kristi Noem stressed that South Dakota is "open for business" in her second State of the State address on Tuesday, citing tax laws that encourage companies to move to the state or expand their operations. Noem said she's committed to what she calls the "four pillars of protecti

in 2016, South Dakota lawmakers implemented a new half-cent sales tax to improve teacher pay, the state's first sales tax increase since 1969. (Tom Griffith/sdnewswatch.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota is doing an excellent job of distributing school funding, but a new report gives the state a failing grade for the amount of money it spends overall to maintain and support its school system. "Making the Grade" is a 2019 report compiled by the Education Law Center.

South Dakota schools are required by law to have a bullying policy that defines the behavior and outlines procedure to report it. (geralt/Pixaby)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Bullying once was viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but now it is recognized as having lifelong implications for physical and mental health. Since 2006, October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Edu

Public school teachers will spend on average $459 on school supplies for which they're not reimbursed this year, with California teachers spending the most and North Dakota teachers spending the least. (tjms.fairlawnschools.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Across the U.S., salaries of many public school teachers continue to stagnate, with some looking to a second job to help make ends meet. Nonetheless, every year teachers are paying for school supplies for which they are not reimbursed. Before the year is over, the avera

South Dakota's new state law requiring public schools to display the motto,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The mandatory display of the motto "In God We Trust" will greet South Dakota students when they return to public schools on Thursday, and those who believe in separation of church and state say that’s sending the wrong message. A law approved by state legislators an

Research shows that students who have national board certified teachers in the classroom make higher academic gains. (libellule789/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Decades after school days have ended, adults remember their best teachers, and research shows teachers who complete advanced training become even better educators. South Dakota teachers who want to get that advanced training to influence future generations are meeting thi

The apatosaurus, such as this concrete replica at Dinosaur National Park near Rapid City, roamed the state during the Mesozoic Era, 150 million years ago. (Wikimedia Commons)

PIERRE, S.D. — Most people associate South Dakota with the nearly 80-year-old Mount Rushmore National Monument, not with dinosaurs that roamed here more than 80 million years ago. But one reporter would like to change that. Every week in the Pierre Capital Journal, David Byrnes pens "Great M

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