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  1. 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.
  2. Academics, accreditation among biggest hurdles to success as USD Law School seeks to turn challenges into opportunities
  3. US House proposal would add millions for species protection in South Dakota and help pheasants along the way.
  4. More than half of elder exploitation cases nationally are perpetrated by family members, neighbors or home-care providers. In a South Dakota case, a grandson stole $187,000 from his grandfather.
  5. South Dakota's aging population is increasingly at risk for financial exploitation, in some cases even by family members. The state has one of the nation's only statewide prosecutorial teams focused solely on financial crimes against the elderly and in just two years nearly 800 complaints have been investigated.
  6. South Dakota News Watch conducted a side-by-side comparison between meatless burgers by Beyond Meat and traditional ground beef. Read how the products look and taste on the grill.
  7. Plant-based burgers that 'bleed' have cattle industry representatives on the defensive. Ranchers say products confuse shoppers and want the state to require more detailed labeling.
  8. South Dakota students as young as middle-school age are following a national trend in using vaping devices. Health officials warn the illegal activity is dangerous but changes in packaging are making make it increasingly difficult to detect.
  9. National studies show that effective marking of roadways saves lives. In South Dakota, the quality and type of roadway markings varies widely from road to road, city to city and county to county. Some areas of the state are far behind in the use of new traffic marking technologies.
  10. Serious long-form journalism that examines statewide issues is on the endangered list. South Dakota News Watch is trying to change that with quality in-depth reporting.
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