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  1. Child advocates in South Dakota worry that child abuse cases spiked and were more severe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that a reduction in formal reports of cases may have allowed some child abuse to continue unabated.
  2. Increasing difficulty in finding new volunteers and adequate funding have put rural ambulance services in South Dakota at risk of closure, leaving rural residents in danger of enduring longer response times in emergencies or even a total loss of access to emergency transportation. When a Meade County service collapsed in 2020, it meant some people were an hour away from getting emergency help.
  3. South Dakota News Watch won three top awards from the North American Agricultural Journalism Association for work published in 2020.
  4. Event cancellations, loss of new business and unexpected costs associated with COVID-19 prevention led to financial losses at South Dakota arenas and civic centers, which had to cut employees or implement furloughs. But vaccines and a return to normal are fueling hopes for a return to profitability in 2021.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Developing a new civics and history teaching initiative will take about two years and cost $900,000.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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