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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - South Dakota

Students in middle and high school would do better academically, have better overall health and would be more inclined to avoid smoking, drinking and other unhealthy choices if they could get more sleep, according to a study from the CDC. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Getting more sleep will likely help middle and high school students in South Dakota and across the country do better in school, be healthier and make healthier choices, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiologist Anne Wheaton with th...Read More

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Saturday is the annual Heart Walk in Sioux Falls, a good way to move toward better health. Photo by American Heart Association

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The annual Heart Walk this Saturday could be your chance to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. American Heart Association spokeswoman Chrissy Meyer said the association wants people to join the walk - and get moving. "It's an opportunity for us to encourage people to get...Read More

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was 80 years ago this month that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, changing America forever. The act guaranteed that senior citizens would not grow old penniless. Sarah Jennings, director for AARP-South Dakota, says the program is...Read More

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PHOTO: The stress of daily life can easily dampen one's mood, but South Dakotans are being encouraged to try to bring more happiness into their lives during August, which is Happiness Happens Month. Photo credit: Taliesin/

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Looking at the brighter side isn't always easy when things get you down. But during August, South Dakotans and other folks around the country are being challenged to find ways to incorporate more happiness into their lives. It's Happiness Happens Month, established by th...Read More

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Photo: Gen Z is beginning to enter the workplace, causing changes in expectations. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - They're the first generation that has only known a life filled with cell phones, the Internet and social media, and now Generation Z is entering the workforce. "Gen Z" describes people born between 1990 and 1999, and new research by Robert Half, a human resources consulting fir...Read More

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Photo: A survey from USDA shows what small towns can do to survive. Photo by GDNS

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service focused on towns that are losing population. It featured several in South Dakota and other states on the northern plains. Study co-author John Cromartie, a USDA geographer, travel...Read More

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PHOTO: South Dakotans paid off some credit card debt in the first quarter of this year, but only after accruing significant debt at the end of last year. Photo credit: phototogo2/

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakotans joined the rest of the country in paying off almost $35 billion in credit-card debt in the first quarter of this year. That's according to a study released by CardHub. While the accomplishment may sound promising, Jill Gonzalez, spokeswoman with CardHub, says it'...Read More

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Photo: Caregivers are needed to help many family members across South Dakota with daily tasks. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Family caregiving for relatives or close friends with chronic, disabling or serious health problems so they can remain in their home is nearly universal today. A new report, "Valuing the Invaluable," gives some hard numbers on that care. Taking care of our loved ones is a proud ...Read More

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