We had several reporters switch gears on their stories Tuesday when Senator John Thune announced he was not going to run for President in 2012. But we found it very interesting that he made the announcement over Facebook. Today, Perry Groten is going to continue our coverage and look into the power of social media and why Thune chose to use it instead of holding a news conference as done in the past. Another South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper was hit on the interstate while responding to another crash (check out the video if you haven’t seen it!). It’s the 13th on South Dakota roads this winter. Don Jorgensen showed you last week what the damaged fleet looks like. Today Peggy Moyer is talking with HP Captain Kevin Joffer today about how it’s impacting the department. We’re keeping a close eye on a couple bills in the legislature today too, including SB 149, which would add guidelines to when a student athlete may return to the sport after a concussion. It’s expected to be read in the Senate today and Kelli Grant will have the latest on HealthBeat. There’s also several education funding bills we’re monitoring. Aberdeen reporter Erich Schaffhauser is talking with a high school student who’s taken the initiative to start her own petition because she’s so concerned about the cuts to education. So, let me ask… Whether
it’s contacting a lawmaker or superintendent or going to school meetings, have you taken any action to get your opinion heard about education funding in the state? Let us know what you’ve done in the comments below. We have a lot more news today. We’re also finding out whether the City of Sioux Falls is going to go easy on property owners who don’t have the ice off their sidewalks by
3 o’clock today. But to find out, you’ll have to check in with KELOLAND.com and our newscasts throughout the day.