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South Dakota’s ongoing battle to shoot off fireworks | Jan 13

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On today's update

The chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court wants state lawmakers to make employee salary increases a priority this session. Justice Steven Jensen made the request during his annual State of the Judiciary speech.

Governor Kristi Noem is proposing legislation she hopes will bring prayer back to public schools. But the leader of one of the state’s largest faith communities does not see the need for that kind of legislation.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in South Dakota’s ongoing battle to shoot off fireworks at Mount Rushmore for Independence Day.

Lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring the creation of a liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. But Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he has not filled the position.

South Dakota’s first season of sanctioned high school softball is set. The board of directors for the high school activities association is classifying softball as a spring sport, rather than fall.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.
Joshua is the business and economics reporter with SDPB News.