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The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

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Unemployment fraud has proved costly in some states during the pandemic. For example, in Washington state, $650 million in jobless benefits were distributed to people filing false claims. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- The COVID-19 crisis has produced a number of other serious issues, and one is higher cases of unemployment fraud. Bogus claims have surged in South Dakota, and state officials say it slows the process for those who desperately need help. Over an eight-week period, according to the s

Advocates for LGBTQ South Dakotans say some members of the Legislature have been very aggressive in pushing policy aimed at curbing their rights and protections. (Adobe Stock)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The reaction to this week's Supreme Court ruling for equal rights in the workplace has been a joyous one within the LGBTQ community, but one South Dakota group predicts things won't change much in the Mount Rushmore State -- and that fears of workplace discrimination will continu

In addition to closed visitor centers, all interpretive programs at Badlands National Park are canceled amid the coronavirus. However, roads and trails are still open. (Adobe Stock)

KEYSTONE, S.D. - The National Park Service has closed or restricted access at several sites, including in South Dakota, because of the coronavirus. However, a decision to waive entrance fees at some parks isn't sitting well with employees. The Interior Department says the move will make it easier

Supporters of a bill banning labor unions at the state's public universities claim it would pave the way for professors who have more work experience outside of higher education. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's governor is expected to sign a bill that would ban faculty members at the state's public universities from any form of collective bargaining. The proposal, pushed by Republicans in the state Legislature, recently cleared both the House and Senate. The office of GOP G

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

South Dakota currently ranks 50th nationally in installed solar generating capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (jaidee/Pixabay)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota will be the site of a $100 million solar electricity generation project. The state's Public Utilities Commission this week approved the Lookout Solar Park for property about 80 miles from Rapid City. To build the state's

About 80% of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed internet are in rural areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AARP.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Older adults in South Dakota want a level playing field with other states when it comes to high-speed internet service, according to a new study. AARP surveyed voters ages 50 and older to find how often they use the internet and how important they think it is to expand high-spe

Flooding across the Midwest in 2019 made this year's corn planting the longest delayed in U.S. history. (farmbureau.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With 2020 just around the corner, farmers across the Midwest hope Mother Nature and economic conditions will bring relief by spring. The American Farm Bureau says South Dakota reported 13 farm bankruptcies in a 12-month period ending in September, compared with two in the

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