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SD universities embrace research agenda

PIERRE — The budget requests for next year show how deeply research became part of the mission for South Dakota’s public universities during the past decade.

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SD regents looks at flat fees for college students

Board discusses zero-increase expense policy for public universities.

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Rail sale screeches to halt

Local leaders dislike Napa-Platte deal, buyer rescinds offer.

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PUC praises company for work

Otter Tail recognized for efforts in electricity efficiency.

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Tuition hikes may be on ice

SD regents to consider freeze for student fees.

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SD's tax increases spread unevenly

Homes, businesses see increases despite law meant to keep ag share up.

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Tribal parole program envisioned in SD

State prepares to work on sending parolees to reservations.

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SD legislators pick Steve Kirby for Investment Council

The former lieutenant governor and 2002 candidate for governor was one of six applicants who received private interviews from the panel of legislators Monday.

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GF&P Commission refuses to change ethics for geese

The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided that unplugged shotguns shouldn’t be allowed for the special season known as the August management take.

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SD's raw-milk bottling rules debated

Some argue health regulations aren’t needed.

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MERCER: Friends remember Ruth Karim

Ruth Karim left this world Feb. 10 at age 82. Her funeral Feb. 16 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre marks the final passing of one of the co-founders of the South Dakota Right to Life organization.

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MERCER: Local control bottom line in armed sentinels issue

Think of the opposite side of the argument. The Legislature says no. There is a deadly incident at a school without a resource officer and without law enforcement within short response time.

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MERCER: To win and lose: Four greats who left us

Saturday marked one year since the death of Bill Janklow from inoperable brain cancer. His four terms and 16 years in the office made him South Dakota’s longest-serving governor.

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MERCER: Women indicate influence growing in SD Legislature

PIERRE — The 18 women who will be in the state House of Representatives for the 2013 session that starts Tuesday are the largest number in the history of the South Dakota Legislature.

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MERCER: Term limits pave fast path to power in SD Legislature

The old ways, of biding time and building respect while waiting a turn, are gone.

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MERCER: Christmas tradition shines on at Capitol

How state Buildings and Grounds staff got the massive tree, whose branches spread perhaps 20 or more feet wide, through a double-doorway that measures perhaps six feet wide at the Capitol’s front, is a feat remindful of Houdini.

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MERCER: Socialism in a democracy

PIERRE — As South Dakotans weigh the social merits and the financial perils of embracing expanded Medicaid coverage available under Obamacare, let us take a breath and look at two other federal programs that embody the same principle of offering a big benefit to all.

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MERCER: Sometimes a kiss isn’t just a kiss

Not since their first inaugural ball, when they danced together for the first time as South Dakota’s then-new first couple, did Jean and Mike Rounds have such a big public moment that seemed so personally genuine, as they did Thursday morning.

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MERCER: Is planning panel the Legislature’s fountain of youth?

The Legislature’s Planning Committee is off to a confusing start. The law creating the new panel was passed earlier this year. The law’s language has lawmakers baffled.

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MERCER: Giving thanks for life’s good, past and present

PIERRE — We shall speak only praise of turkeys, and welcome their imminent presence on our dinner tables, in these last days leading to our national feast. May our thoughts turn to the blessings received since we last gathered over cranberries and pumpkin pie.

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