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House approves lithium tax | Jan 30


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On today's update...

3,500 public comments have been submitted relating to merger talks between Sanford Health and Minnesota-based Fairview Health. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is hosting listening sessions across the state to gauge public concerns.

South Dakota’s Senate Republican leader says that a committee will investigate a suspended senator for allegedly harassing a legislative aide during an exchange over childhood vaccines and breastfeeding.

House lawmakers are passing a bill that adds a severance tax on the mineral lithium. About 50-thousand acres of public land in the Black Hills are under a lithium mining claim. Most those claims are by Australian companies.

South Dakota legislators on the Senate Judiciary committee unanimously voted to move forward Thursday with a bill that would offer more support and protection to court witnesses under the age of 16.

Students attending Presentation College now have more in-state options to continue their degrees after the Aberdeen school closes later this year.

The largest stakeholder in Daktronics is demanding new leadership based on what they say is underlying dysfunction that has been evident for years.

And more.

Megan hosts All Things Considered and the SDPB News podcast.