Nation Apr 20

Nationwide, 38 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the nation’s largest safety net program for food and nutrition, but the ongoing government shutdown puts access to food at risk. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years…

Nation May 14

Marsella Leach was the driving force behind Proposition 9, also known as Marsy's Law, and named after her daughter, Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered in 1983. Photo taken in 2008. Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
South Dakota could be the first state to tweak ‘Marsy’s Law’

South Dakota voters passed "Marsy's Law" in 2016, embracing constitutional amendments that give crime victims such rights as being notified of developments in their cases. Now, voters are being asked to support changes that cut down on unforeseen bureaucratic problems…

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