Interim legislative committee approves student teacher rule change | May 03
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There's a definite teacher shortage in South Dakota right now. Lawmakers have approved a proposal making it easier for schools to issue permits to student teachers, potentially retaining ore of the state's educators.
Local environmentalists are encouraging the public to comment on a proposed mineral withdrawal around Pactola Reservoir in the central Black Hills. If approved, mining and mineral exploration activity could cease around the 20,000-acre are for up to 20 years.
Governor Kristi Noem and the state Bureau of Human resources are expanding paid family leave benefits for state employees. The expansion gives employees 100 percent paid time off for up to 12 weeks for both births and adoptions.
The governor has filled two vacancies on the South Dakota Board of regents. Jim Lochner and Doug Morrison have both been appointed to the board.