Lawmakers return Monday

PIERRE — South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate bills on missing and murdered indigenous women, industrial hemp and campus gun policies.

Legislators return Monday to the Capitol.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a bill that would direct the Division of Criminal Investigation to prepare guidelines for the reporting and investigation of missing and murdered indigenous women. It would also mandate the division establish training programs for law enforcement.

The committee is also set to debate a bill that would bar the state's public universities and technical schools from adopting rules restricting people's ability to carry guns on campuses beyond limitations in law.

Representatives are to debate a measure on the floor to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp. Gov. Kristi Noem has asked lawmakers to shelve that effort.

Missouri River reservoirs ready

OMAHA, Neb. — Officials say the reservoirs along the Missouri River are ready to handle the floodwaters that are expected to flow into the system this year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has the full flood storage space available in the reservoirs, so it is in good shape headed into the year.

The amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will be reduced again in mid-February to 17,000 cubic feet per second.

The Corps' John Remus says the current forecast calls for slightly more than the normal amount of runoff this year.

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