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  1. Experts say prairie rattler bites are usually not fatal but warn that ongoing development into once-natural areas will increase encounters.
  2. Two years after a sales tax increase boosted South Dakota teachers from last place in pay, school administrators believe the Legislature will need to take additional steps to keep pace on salaries.
  3. 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.
  4. A Canadian company has agreed to help clean up the state's most contaminated industrial site, hoping to then be able to mine more gold there.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Infection rates for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV/AIDS are the highest in decades as public health efforts fall behind and risky behaviors increase.
  8. 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.
  9. A South Dakota judge’s ruling has confirmed that children were born on a remote Black Hills compound run by a secretive religious sect, offering new insight into life within the polygamous FLDS.
  10. Academics, accreditation among biggest hurdles to success as USD Law School seeks to turn challenges into opportunities
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