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Rounds, Thune flip votes on toxic burn pit legislation | Aug 04

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South Dakota’s two U.S. Senators switched their votes on a bill that expands Veterans Affairs benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits. The two Republicans had voted against the measure. But on Tuesday evening they voted in favor of the legislation.

The State’s first human cases of the West Nile Virus have appeared in Minnehaha and Spink County. The Midwest has the highest risk associated with the virus according to State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton.

A South Dakota government ethics board on Wednesday pressed forward in its investigation of two complaints against Gov. Kristi Noem.

A bridge over the James River on state Highway 46 will be dedicated to a fallen South Dakota veteran next month. Staff sergeant Daniel Cuka died serving in Iraq on convoy operations in 2005.

Sandbar closures are nothing new to a stretch of the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota. But this summer has brought lower water levels, making it harder to protect the river’s endangered birds.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.