On Tuesday voters in Rapid City go to the polls to make a $180-million dollar decision.
A municipal election is set to decide the proposed expansion of the Rapid City Civic Center arena. If approved the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken.
Proponents say it’s an investment in the future that will pay itself back in increased sales tax revenue and visitor spending. But opponents say the price tag is too high and the city needs to consider alternatives.
A bill that separates abortion and adoption services from pregnancy help centers in the state is nearing its final hurdle. The help centers were established in 2011 with support from the anti-abortion lobby. The centers seek to council women on options during pregnancy. The 2011 legislation has been tied up in court because opponents say it requires women who are seeking an abortion to take unnecessary counseling.