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Noem continues to push food tax cut in State of the State speech | Jan 11

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On today's update...

State Democrats are hopeful they can help pass one of their major policy priorities this session—cutting the state sales tax on food. It’s a campaign promise by Republican Governor Kristi Noem, who says now is the time.

Governor Kristi Noem is laying the groundwork for an effort to reduce childcare costs in the state. In her State of the State address, Noem proposed expanding paid family leave for state employees to 100 percent of salary benefits for 12 weeks.

Oyate Court, a criminal justice partnership between state prosecutors and tribal representatives, is expanding. After beginning in Pennington County, efforts are underway to create a similar program in Tripp County.

Kansas water experts are warning that farmers and ranchers in the state's western half must stop pumping more water out of a vast aquifer than nature puts back each year or risk an economic collapse there.

Authorities say a worker from Texas has died after falling at an oil rig site in North Dakota. Mountrail County Sheriff Corey Bristol says 42-year-old Daniel Navarrete of New Braunfels, Texas, fell through an open hatch Thursday in a pit at a Nabors Industries rig north of New Town.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.