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PNS Daily News - September 25, 2017 


Here’s a look at what we’re highlighting: new travel restrictions announced for eight countries; research highlights a drop in uninsured kids; and weekend protests over the House Speaker’s tax plan.

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Sign up is now underway for changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. (Medicare.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Now is the time for senior citizens to review their Medicare Part D coverage and make changes as necessary. Medicare Part D provides prescription drug benefits to those who qualify. Erik Gaikowski, director of AARP South Dakota, said this open enrollment period is a good time

Thousands of South Dakota prisoners are living with disabilities, and advocates say the state is making positive moves to help returning citizens reintegrate into society. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – A new report shows that 32 percent of inmates in federal prisons and 40 percent of people in jails have at least one disability. The study from the disability advocacy group RespectAbility says any effort at prison reform needs to take that reality into account. And one area

Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are for the most part receiving the same access to care as their non-native counterparts, according to new data. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are largely faring as well as their non-native counterparts, according to a new report. But the data in the latest South Dakota Kids Count issue brief show there's room for improvement. Lisa Sanderson, associate director

Two South Dakota companies and the city of Sioux Falls are being honored for helping employees work out at the workplace. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Two South Dakota companies and a city are being honored today for taking steps to become some of the healthiest workplaces in the state. The American Heart Association is designating Avera Health and Dakotacare as platinum level fit friendly workplaces, while the City of Sioux Falls

South Dakota college basketball fans are helping local teams earn the most food donations. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - College basketball fans have one more day to help fight hunger in South Dakota as part of an annual food drive. The Summit League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament ends Tuesday and fans are being asked to bring 10 non-perishable food items or donate at least $10. Then t

The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to help raise awareness of heart health. The American Heart Association is asking people to support its "Go Red For Women" campaign by participating in today's National Wear Red Day event. Chrissy Meyer, communications director

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signing the original Social Security Act on August 14, 1935, calls it,

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

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The numbers of senior citizens will swell in the next decade as the leading edges of the baby boom generation hits their 80s. And that wave will put more pressure on caregivers, says Erik Nelson, associate state director for advocacy at AARP-South Dakota. He says a new

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