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    PNS Daily News - Friday November 27, 20150 

    We’re featuring a variety of topics in today’s news including: Chicago protestors demanding more information about a deadly police shooting; an innovative housing program for ex-offenders shows promise in New York; and some Black Friday deals may not be worth the hassle.

Public News Service - South Dakota

New food safety rules could impact produce producers. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act, the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski,...Read More

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American Education Week is a time to say "thanks" to everyone who helps educate our children. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - They are very important people in our communities, but often go unnoticed and underpaid. This is American Education Week, and Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, says it's a good time to say "thank you" to all the people who help educate children -...Read More

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Taking Social Security benefits too early could cost you thousands of dollars. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - When to stop working and sign up for Social Security are among the most important decisions older Americans face, and experts say the majority of South Dakotans leave money on the table by not considering all the options. Most people think of reaching retirement age and collecti...Read More

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South Dakota's last execution was performed in 2012. Credit: Ken Plorkowski/Flickr

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The death penalty is in a long, slow decline nationally, according to opinion polls and by how often it's being used. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says surveys show support for the death sentence is at a 40-year low. Last ye...Read More

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Does your Medicare Part D plan work well for you? Even so, now is the time to double-check your coverage. Changes can be made through Dec. 7. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Enrollment is now open through Dec. 7 for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP South Dakota, says even for people who are happy with their current coverage, it's a good idea to double-check it. "You can't assume that your pla...Read More

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The rate of South Dakota's uninsured children has dropped, but more work is needed. Credit:  Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

PIERRE, S.D. – According to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, the number of uninsured children in South Dakota was down in 2014, but the state is lagging behind most other areas of the country. The report also found South Dakota's rate of uninsured ...Read More

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Inmate phone calls will soon cost a lot less, thanks to the FCC. Credit: Polaskiglass/morguefile

PIERRE, S.D. - Phone calls to and from prison inmates in South Dakota will cost a lot less starting next year. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to cap the rates and fees and strongly discouraged the providers' practice of paying commissions to the prison facility in exchange for...Read More

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A new study shows frequent moves for low income children can have a negative impact on their educational progress. Photo by Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Children who change schools frequently start falling behind by the time they reach fourth grade. A study of low-income children found that moving from school to school more than twice in the five years from Head Start preschool through third grade correlated with lower scores on ...Read More

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