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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - South Dakota

PHOTO: Scammers have found ways to grab cash right off of gift cards, a problem that seems to peak during the holidays. Photo credit: J. Oster.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It is the season of giving - but for con artists, it's the season of taking, and consumers have to be wary. Sarah Jennings, state director of AARP South Dakota, said the group has developed some tools to outsmart the scammers through its Fraud Watch Network. For example, she sai...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the United States is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo credit: dhaluza/Wikipedia.

PIERRE, S.D. – Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about the problem. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics has petitioned ...Read More

Public News Service - SD

CHART: Several polls have found similar strong support for EPA clean power rules, including one done by George Mason University. Chart courtesy of George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A series of public-opinion polls shows pretty much the same results, with two-to-one support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, new rules aimed at slowing climate change. The Sierra Club has just released a post-election poll done in six battleground s...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: More working South Dakotans living in rural areas claim the Earned Income Tax Credit than those living in metropolitan areas of the state. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rural living can be a struggle in South Dakota. In fact, for one in five of the state's rural workers, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) keeps them above the poverty line, according to new research from the Center for Rural Affairs. It's a refundable federal tax credi...Read More

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photo: Minimum-wage workers in South Dakota will get a raise Jan. 1. Photo by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The minimum wage will rise to $8.50 an hour in South Dakota starting Jan. 1. The South Dakota State Federation of Labor was among the groups that helped get the issue onto the ballot this fall. President Mark Anderson says the federation sees the wage hike as grass roots...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – November means it is American Diabetes Month. It comes as the prevalence of the disease continues to rise across South Dakota and the rest of the nation. David Becker, a spokesman for the American Diabetes Association, says the latest numbers show 29 million Americans w...Read More

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Photo: A new survey finds broad support across party lines by American age 21 and older for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. Photo credit: AARP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new survey finds broad support across party lines and age generations for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. The survey of Americans 21 and older finds three out of four value Social Security, with 86 percent agreeing ...Read More

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PHOTO: Public television fans may find their local outlets vanish in the wake of what's being described as a $45 billion "gold rush" by wireless providers bidding in an FCC-mandated auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: D. Tribble/Wikimedia Commons.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's airwaves ...Read More

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