Initiated Measure 22

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An Act to revise campaign finance and lobbying laws, creates an ethics commission and democracy credit program.

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Referred Law 20

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SDPB's South Dakota Focus takes a closer look at Referred Law 20 an Act to Establish a youth Minimum Wage.

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Constitutional Amendment U

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Whether or not to set statutory interest rates for loans.

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Initiated Measure 21

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Set a maximum finance charge for certain licensed money lenders.

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Lake Area Tech Class Of 2015 Graduation Ceremony

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The graduation ceremony for Lake Area Tech with President Barack Obama giving the commencement speech to the class of 2015.

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. The 14-hour series marks the first time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.

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U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including American

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President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

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America's Front Yard: National Mall

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The design of the National Mall involved converting tidal flats, forests and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. Designer Pierre Charles L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, with the Capitol Building on the highest spot.

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5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced his bid for the White House Tuesday on his website. Here are five things you should know about Senator Rand Paul.

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'James Baker - The Man Who Made Washington Work'

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Watch the story of James A. Baker III, a remarkable politician and statesman who represents a time when a divided Congress got things done, and when presidents and politicians worked together. Baker, now 84, helped get three presidents elected, served in top posts for two of them and was a central player in some of the most momentous events of the late 20th century.

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Is death by firing squad really instantaneous? Not necessarily

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In Utah, the death penalty can now be carried out by firing squad, but only as a backup method if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The state’s governor signed in the new law amidst a nation-wide shortage of these drugs, and other states are eyeing similar execution methods. Judy Woodruff talks to Andrew Novak of George Mason University and Jennifer Dobner of The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

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Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails. The State Department says it will review messages for possible release.

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What President Obama’s veto means for Keystone’s future

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A bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was the first order of business for the Republican-led Congress this year, and today that bill was vetoed by President Obama. Gwen Ifill gets two views from Jeremy Symons of the Environmental Defense Fund and Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute.

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Sesame Street Presents "House of Bricks"

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House of Cards is a political drama that is set in current day Washington DC. Main Character Frank Underwood, played by actor Kevin Spacey, displays the power of manipulation in the political world. Because of the shows popularity and the debut of Season 3 this week, Sesame Street displayed their own version known as “House of Bricks.” 

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House Education Committee Passes Bill To Limit Power Of The South Dakota High School Activities Association

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The House Education Committee passed a bill on Wednesday to limit the decision-making powers of the South Dakota High School Activities Association. This bill would not allow the Association to create a policy regarding sexuality or gender identity with high school students. 

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