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Ending the R-word

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
BROOKINGS, "Everyone always asks the question: ‘Who does it hurt anyway?' The answer is anyone with intellectual disabilities, their family and their friends," said Brookings High School student Corah Ivers. "The R-word has become a common word used as an insult for something useless or ‘less than others.'"
On Wednesday, students throughout the Brookings School District heard about the Spread the Word to
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Thousands could lose subsidies

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Thousands of South Dakota residents are among the millions who have obtained financial assistance to pay for health insurance and could be affected by the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's signature law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices heard arguments Wednesday on whether residents in 37 states in which consumers signed up for coverage under
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Panel approves plan for autism therapy insurance coverage

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), Parents of children with autism have successfully expanded a bill that would help ensure insurance coverage for a key type of behavioral health therapy that's effective at treating the disorder.
The House State Affairs Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to approve the measure, which only applies to certain insurance plans. The measure mandates coverage for intensive behavioral treatments for
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The ‘Eagle’ has landed

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
• Longtime Brookings lawyer retires

BROOKINGS, Boy Scout, naval officer, lawyer. And now retirement and staying close to home in Brookings. This is where Michael "Mike" McCann, has lived for all but a few years spent away at college, law school and in the Navy.
"I went through all the grades of school here," said McCann, who graduated
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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP), The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy.
The 62-37 vote is expected to be one of many veto showdowns between Republicans and Obama in his final term.
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Committee approves repeal of state's so-called 'Daschle law'

Posted: Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A legislative panel has approved a measure to change the state's so-called "Daschle law" that bars a presidential candidate from seeking another office on the same South Dakota ballot.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-2 Wednesday for a proposal to strip away the prohibition.
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Running out of room

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
BROOKINGS, Volunteers get ready on Tuesday for the Friends of the Library book sale, scheduled to start today at the Brookings Public Library with a members-only preview sale at 6 p.m.
The volunteers had about 200 boxes of books to sort. The book sale is one of two that are held throughout the year, with books ranging from children to
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Artists wanted: No experience needed

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
• Club meets weekly at Brookings Arts Council

BROOKINGS, It's Thursday afternoon at the Brookings Arts Council, and about eight members of the "Out of the Basement Club" are down in the basement with brushes or other tools of the trade in hand for the group's weekly gathering.
For Brookings area residents who want to try their hand
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House defeats measure to require schools safety plans

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), The state House has voted down a measure requiring South Dakota schools to have a safety plan for potential violent incidents such as a school shooting.
The House voted 37-30 against the proposal, which also would require schools to conduct a lockdown drill annually.
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Panel votes down measure to void transgender athletes policy

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), A measure that would have required transgender students to use the sex on their birth certificates to determine the sports team they played on was defeated by a South Dakota Senate committee Tuesday, but another bill on the issue is being considered later this week.
The Senate Education Committee voted 4-3 to dismiss the measure, which would have
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State setting aside $300,000 to expand its ethanol program

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota is setting aside $300,000 to help the state's retailers install ethanol storage tank units at gas stations.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced this week that it earmarked the funds for its Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program.
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Learning to tell, sell their story

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
• Veteran writers complete VWP workshop

BROOKINGS, For the dozen veterans or spouses in the Veterans Writing Project workshop at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitors Center, the weekend was filled with literary talk including topics such as "Golgotha" (where Christ was crucified), Faulkner, fate and Homer's Trojan warrior-hero Hector.
In the end, these terms and a multitude
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Turnips, radishes, peas – like candy to deer

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
• SDSU researchers identify cover crops to lure deer away from livestock feed

BROOKINGS, Fall cover crops, such as clover, turnips and peas, can provide nutrient-rich winter forage and help lure hungry deer away from hay and other stored livestock feed, according to Distinguished Professor Jonathan Jenks of the South Dakota State University Department of Natural Resource Management.
The
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‘Dangerous’ storm overtakes the Dakotas

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
SIOUX FALLS (AP), Stormy weather greeted commuters in much of South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota this morning.
Many schools delayed classes or closed for the day. In the Brookings area, most school districts decided to shut down Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has posted numerous watches, warnings and advisories for much of central and eastern South Dakota, and
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SD farm families to be honored at State Fair

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 2015
HURON (AP), Families that have spent 100 or 125 years of life in farming or ranching have the opportunity to be recognized during the South Dakota State Fair.
A farm or ranch is eligible for the honors if at least 80 acres of original land have been continuously owned by the same family for 100 years or longer. The recognition
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A new take on fast food

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
• Chow Now food delivery service starts in Brookings

BROOKINGS, Order up!
There's a new option for busy hunger-stricken workers and families who could use a speedy food delivery service.
On Feb. 17, Brookings natives and longtime friends Luke Davidson and Dan Stratton began food delivery service Chow Now Delivery.
Crucial to their business are their partnerships with
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This week in Pierre: Lawmakers take up taxes, autism

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
PIERRE (AP), South Dakota lawmakers plan to consider measures on municipal sales taxes, insurance coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy and athletics policy for transgender students. Here's a look at some of the proposals they'll take up this week in Pierre:

Tax
A measure to allow municipalities to collect up to an additional 1 percent sales tax for capital
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Habitat, Thrivent partner to build homes

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
• $65K to help with work on three Aurora homes this summer

BROOKINGS, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $65,000 from Thrivent Financial to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.
The multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat and Thrivent Financial helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.
Locally, the program
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Universities surveying farmers on land-use

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
BROOKINGS, Some 3,000 agriculture producers in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota are receiving a survey letter to help gauge changes in agricultural land practices through the past decade.
The voluntary survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and results will only be reported in summary form.
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