As national debate rages, the state is sticking with M-44 cyanide traps. The devices emit poison into animals that bite into a lure. Livestock owners and state officials say predator control is necessary to protect livestock and note the method is effective, highly regulated and safe when used properly.
Rents are rising faster than wages in South Dakota, forcing many residents to pay an excessive share of their income on housing. That leaves families with less to spend on health care, food and other needs.
The deadly drug, manufactured in clandestine labs, has found a foothold in the state. Just a few grains can kill even an experienced drug user and many users don't even know the substance is mixed in with other drugs.
Supporters of a proposed Port Yankton riverfront hotel-casino and entertainment complex envision downtown revitalization and economic growth. It’s conditional on a state-wide vote to allow Deadwood-style gaming in Yankton and also attracting a private developer.