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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; 13 states are suing the EPA over the controversial Clean Water Rule; and a report on the defeat of some controversial education proposals in New York; and an Arizona congressman is backing legislation that would add greater protections to more than two million acres of public lands in the Grand Canyon State.

Public News Service - South Dakota

PHOTO: A new South Dakota state law says drivers must give bicyclists a safety buffer of three to six feet, depending on the speed limit on the road. Photo credit: Jerry Oster, Greater Dakota News Service.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new law goes into effect today in South Dakota that should make it easier for people to get out and about on their bicycles. Michael Christensen, an advocacy committee volunteer with the American Heart Association, says the law should make it easier for bikers to use public str...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: Ceiling fans are a good option for staying cool in the summer, but experts says it's a waste of energy to use them when you are not in the room. Photo credit: Pippa Lou/Morgufile.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Summer is officially here and the need to stay cool typically translates into a higher electric bill. But experts say some simple measures can go a long way to reduce energy costs. Utility Consumer Counselor Anthony Swinger says summer is typically the most expensive time of year...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PIERRE, S.D. - More than 8,000 delegates from across the nation will gather in Orlando, Fla., this weekend for the annual delegate assembly of the National Education Association. The body will discuss issues that affect teachers and schools nationwide. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota E...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: As many states continues to deal with the widespread outbreak of avian influenza, an expert on the issue says it should have been anticipated. Photo credit: Cyndy Sims Parr/Flickr.

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in more than a dozen states was a surprise to many, but one expert says it was destined to happen. Rob Wallace has served as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and P...Read More

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Farm nitrogen pollution damage is estimated at billions of dollars annually, according to an International Scientific Team study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study shows agriculture accounts for most of the pollution, said Environmental Working Gr...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: Over 50 percent of working Americans have some type of retirement plan through their employers, but many of them might need help navigating the rules. Many also want to know if they can retire early. The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project is helping South Dakotans with questions.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – More than 50 percent of working Americans have some kind of retirement plan through their employer, whether a 401k or other type that will help them pay for their later years. But many people don't completely understand how their plan and any associated benefits work. ...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: Eligible seniors and people with disabilities have until July 1 to apply for a tax refund. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities in South Dakota can get a refund on their property or sales taxes, but they have to apply, and the deadline is approaching. Erik Nelson, associate state director for AARP-South Dakota, says the program has a long recor...Read More

Public News Service - SD

PHOTO: A new Consumers Union survey finds one in three Americans are being hit with a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Nearly one-in-three Americans has experienced the pain of a "surprise" medical bill in the past two years, according to a new national survey. Chuck Bell, program director with Consumers Union, says these unexpected medical bills can range anywhere from $25 to $10,000 and more. ...Read More

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