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Tens of thousands of South Dakotans to be eligible for Medicaid July 1 | June 20


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On today's update...

A Medicaid expansion plan approved by the legislature takes effect in a matter of weeks. Officials estimate around 50,000 South Dakotans will gain access to health care. And advocates are working to spread awareness.

Governor Kristi Noem is urging Congress to halt a proposed Bureau of Land Management rule to more consider conservation when issuing leases. She says the agency's rule oversteps its authority. Supporters of the rule say it'll help preserve the nation's public lands and resources.

For petitioners at the Minnehaha County administrative building — it's business as usual. That's because District Judge Roberto Lange halted a rule that would have significantly restricted where they can legally operate.

The park service is taking public comment on proposed boundaries for helicopter tours around Mt. Rushmore. The agency says an average of 4,000 helicopters pass by the monument every year. SDPB's Lee Strubinger went to the memorial to hear what it sounds like on a given day.

U.S. Army Corps of engineers officials say drought conditions will likely improve in the Missouri River Basin. John Remus, chief of the Basin's water management, says waters are below the base of flood control.

Beadle and Spink Enterprise Community is launching a program to provide grants for projects that will better communities. The grants are up to $500 each.

And more.

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."