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  1. South Dakota News Watch hosted a panel discussion on April 14, 2021 in which four education experts shared their views on the South Dakota Civics and History Initiative now in development for state public K-12 schools.
  2. South Dakota medical officials are concerned that some residents who are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are choosing not to and may prevent the state from reaching "herd immunity," the stage where enough people are immune from the coronavirus to end the pandemic, reduce hospitalization and deaths and allow life return to normal.
  3. Listen in and ask questions of three education experts who will gather for a discussion of the new South Dakota Civics and History Initiative proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem. The event on Wed., April 14 at 7:30 pm Central is free but registration is required.
  4. Developing a new civics and history teaching initiative will take about two years and cost $900,000.
  5. As the state embarks on creation of a new and expanded civics and history initiative for South Dakota public schools, key stakeholders in the process are urging those behind the plan, including Gov. Kristi Noem, to keep politics out of the process to tell the truest possible story of history and government.
  6. Journalist Danielle Ferguson joins News Watch as its second full-time investigative reporter after serving as a reporter for the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls.
  7. Gov. Kristi Noem called the medical marijuana program in Oklahoma "a mess," but some officials in Oklahoma and South Dakota argue that the program has fulfilled the wishes of voters and has made starting a marijuana-related business easy for local entrepreneurs.
  8. As South Dakota prepares to roll out a framework for legalization of medical marijuana, South Dakota News Watch provides a look at how medical marijuana programs are operating in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana.
  9. A South Dakota lawmaker who is a leader on marijuana legalization says that despite concerns of Gov. Kristi Noem that the state needs another year to implement a medical marijuana program, he believes the state can implement an efficient program by the end of the year as planned.
  10. South Dakota fared better than most other states in terms of its tourism economy in 2020, but the state still saw significant losses, including a 13% decline in visitors and an 18% drop in visitor spending. But with COVID-19 vaccinations rising and a strong sense of wanderlust among travelers, the South Dakota tourism industry is hoping for a major revival in 2021.
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South Dakota News Watch is a non-partisan nonprofit organization producing in-depth coverage that sheds light on the issues and concerns of all citizens. As we undertake our fourth full year of operation, we would like to thank our supporters for their generous contributions — during the year-end matching funds campaign and at other times of the year. Because of you, South Dakota News Watch will continue to fulfill its mission of bringing important issues to light, throughout 2021 and beyond.