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The discovery of two severely malnourished and abused girls on the Pine Ridge Reservation has resulted in concern, anger and action from the local community.  Lakota tribal members living on Pine Ridge and in the surrounding area have come together with one goal in mind…ensuring that such a tragedy doesn’t happen again.

Attorney General's Office

The Attorney General is issuing a 10-page opinion to clear up some questions created by Amendment S, or Marsy's Law.

Marty Jackley has appointed almost 30 professionals to serve on a committee to come up with answers.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Jackley held a conference call with the committee to discuss a draft opinion he and his staff created.

Jackley says more work remains to be done, and subcommittees can add insights.

Governor's Office

Public officials confused by the language of the recently passed victims' rights amendment are hoping a task force will sort out the issues. Amendment S, or Marsy's Law, was added to the state's constitution last month, after voters approved it. In response, certain agencies are now closing public records. The attorney general has appointed a 25-member group of state and local officials to study the reach of the new law. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.

SD Department of Corrections

The South Dakota Supreme Court has answered this question: can a person commit burglary if he's entering his own home? The high court released its opinion to the public on Thursday, Dec. 1, and the answer is yes, under certain circumstances. Justices say it's not so much about who owns the house as it is about the security of the people living there. SDPB's Victoria Wicks explains.

Victoria Wicks

A Pennington County official says one of the major problems in Rapid City is that wages don't support the cost of housing. The director of Pennington County Health and Human Services was one of a group of behavioral health professionals who met in Rapid City on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to find overlaps and gaps in services for the poor. The gathering was part of Collective Impact, an effort to study community problems and find solutions.

COLLECTIVE IMPACT DIRECTOR: FOOD STUDY SHOWS SERVICE GAPS

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