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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - South Dakota

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, highlighting health effects beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: geralt/pixabay.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about vaping, using e-cigarettes, are featured in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. CDC senior medical officer Dr. Tim McAfee says smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and l...Read More

Public News Service - SD

Photo: New proposals could limit who can get farm bill payments. Photo by GDNS.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to limit who can receive federal farm payments. The agency's newly-proposed rule would limit farm payments - people who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm operations would no longer receive them. In the F...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: Last week was National Poison Prevention Week. Experts say adults account for most poison-related deaths, mainly because of misuse or overuse of drugs or medications. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Infant or senior – it doesn't matter the age – poisoning is the leading cause of injury death. National Poison Prevention Week just wrapped up, with experts reminding people of ways to respond to and prevent poisonings. Alysha Behrman, a nurse specialist wit...Read More

Public News Service - SD

Photo: Avera is a Platinum level Fit-Friendly worksite. Photo by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Companies that do more than the basics to help ensure their employees are fit and healthy have caught the attention of the American Heart Association. Avera Heart Hospital is one local business being recognized by the Heart Association as a Platinum Level "Fit-Friendly Worksite...Read More

Public News Service - SD

Some Ohio organizations, restaurants and educational institutions are working to increase access to healthier foods and programs in an effort to end childhood obesity. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Accessing nutritious foods is a challenge for many South Dakota families and some experts say the problem contributes to the obesity epidemic. But businesses in the food industry and various organizations are stepping up to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Drew Nan...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: The Legislature is considering a bill (SB168) that would direct the Governor to appoint eleven members to the task force, charged with looking at financial scams targeting senior citizens. Photo credit: premierco/pixabay.com

PIERRE, S.D. – A bill, setting up an elder abuse task force, proposed by South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson, is rapidly moving though the legislature. The bill (SB168) would direct the governor to appoint 11 members to the task force, charged with looking at financial ...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: A new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in assistance programs, instead of the standard federal poverty measurement. And there's good news for South Dakota, with 27,000 fewer children in poverty. Photo credit: luckyluke01750/pixabay.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated, and the new calculation tells a success story for South Dakota. A report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state and federal assistance programs, something the official f...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: It's already estimated smoking kills nearly a half-million people in the U.S. each year, including 1,200 in South Dakota. Now, new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo credit: Tela Chhe/Flickr.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are 21 different causes of death attributed to smoking, with some 480,0...Read More

Public News Service - SD

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