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Noem to again deploy soldiers to southern border | Feb 21

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Governor Kristi Noem is deploying South Dakota National Guard troops to the southern border. Sixty soldiers will deploy to Texas for three months later this spring.

State senators are passing a bill that moves the nomination of two constitutional officers from party conventions to the primary ballot. It's an idea that's surfaced in the Capitol several times the last two sessions.

A bill aiming to prohibit an employer from withholding compensation from an employee who quits without notice dies in a senate committee. Senate Bill 220 would prevent employers from punishing employees who do not give a two-week notice.

A bill to require schools to hit statewide teacher pay targets has advanced from the state House of Representatives. This comes years after the Blue-Ribbon Taskforce aimed to elevate the states near-bottom teacher pay.

South Dakota is the only state in the lower 48 without any passenger rail service — but that could soon change. A new Amtrak study includes a proposed route that would link Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City to existing rail networks in Denver and the Twin Cities.

And more.

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."