The State Senate is passing a bill that allows interested organizations like the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau to have an ongoing ballot question committee.

Senate Bill 128 allows those perpetual committees to donate to several other ballot question committees for and against an issue.

Critics say the bill reduces transparency.

With previous lengthy ballots during elections, and another anticipated one on the horizon… sometimes groups that focus on policy in South Dakota may have an interest in several questions up for vote.

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Officials with the United States Air Force say Ellsworth Air Force Base is included in the future plans for bomber aircraft. 

 Colonel John Edwards is the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth. He says Monday's release of what's called the bomber vector puts Ellsworth in line to receive the new B-21 Raiders.

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The South Dakota Senate is denying to take up a bill that opens all non-meandered lakes to recreational use.

Senate Bill 199 opens any non-meandered lakes over private property. Recreationists could use those lakes without permission from the landowner.

Recreationists and supporters of the bill are calling for a due process to open public waters over private land.

It’s the opposite of what’s been called the “Open Waters Compromise” that lawmakers passed last summer.

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The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony presents the second concert of its 98th season on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater in the Johnson Fine Arts Center at NSU.

The featured work on the program  is "Ellis Island: Dream of America, for Seven Actors, Orchestra and Visual Projections" by the Grammy-nominated American composer Peter Boyer.

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Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, tells the story of Valentine McGillycuddy for this week's Images of the Past.

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When Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans were found dead under a bridge in Rapid City last week (they had presumably died of hypothermia) a community mourned.

But it's a community divided by the ongoing challenge of homelessness and, furthermore, by the elusive solutions. As temperatures drop, some members of the Rapid City community have banded together to provide warming centers for people with no place to go.

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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks communications specialist Chris Hull joins us to discuss how the state plans to celebrate 100 years of pheasant hunting.

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The largest convention ever booked in the state opens this weekend in Sioux Falls. It's the 2018 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.

We welcome Jared Wiklund is Public Relations Manager for Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.

Lori Walsh

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Francisco Cantu served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He did his job, even as it began to erode his soul. He tells the story in his new memoir "The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border."


Lori Walsh

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Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang takes on the tech industry in her new book "Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley."

She joins us for a conversation about how women got locked out of the industry after strong initial participation and what's at stake in the quest for representation in an industry that defines the future of humanity.


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