Jan 10, 2020 9:23 PM

SD Gov. drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for 'guardrails'

Posted Jan 10, 2020 9:23 PM

Gov. Kristi Noem says she won't veto legislation allowing hemp to be grown in the state.

Noem announced that she won't veto a hemp bill provided it contains four “guardrails" she provided to lawmakers.

In an interview with KELO, Noem made it clear she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government agencies providing licenses and inspections.

She also wants legislators to come up with a way to pay for the hemp program. The Legislature convenes next week.

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Jan 10, 2020 9:23 PM
Health officials in Omaha confirm 2 pediatric flu deaths

Health officials in Omaha have confirmed that two children have died of complications from influenza this flu season.

The Douglas County HEalth Department said Friday in a news release that both deaths were in people under 18.

The department says it is prohibited by privacy laws from identifying the two children who died and would not give their exact ages or where they lived in Douglas County.

The pediatric deaths follow the department's report earlier this week that two adult flu-related adult deaths in people over 65 years have been reported in Douglas County.