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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - SD: Environment

Turning down the thermostat even a degree or two can save South Dakotans money on their energy bills this winter. (midnightcomm/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Nobody wants to get a chill when they look at their energy bill this winter. The cold season officially started Thursday, but South Dakotans already are feeling the brisk temperatures. While it may be too late to do any major overhauls to the home, Ian Andrew, editor of the en

Bugs such as the beetle are integral to rejuvenating soil, also making them vital to people who work the land. (miss Murasaki/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Insects don't get the respect they deserve, but author David MacNeal is highlighting their importance and diversity in his new book, "Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them." MacNeal says bugs aren't living in our world – we're living in

More than three-quarters of South Dakota counties are in some stage of drought and the rest are considered

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakotans have seen their crops turn to dust this summer as the state suffers from the worst drought in the nation. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 80 percent of counties are in some stage of drought, and 15 percent are experiencing extreme drought, hitting far

Airplanes are expected to emit 43 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas pollution by 2050 if no action is taken. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. — CONCORD, N.H. — Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines endanger public health and welfare, according to new findings from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The "endangerment finding" report documented the magnitude of a problem that environmentalists hav

As part of Latino Conservation Week, community members are being encouraged to show their passion for protected areas, including the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (Hispanic Access Foundation)

PIERRE, S.D. -- This week marks the third annual Latino Conservation Week, and organizers are shining a spotlight on the Latino community's concern for preserving South Dakota's natural resources. Several groups, including the National Park Service, encouraged Latinos to go camping and hiking and

Native American tribal leaders are taking a 20-mile ceremonial horse ride to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Several tribal groups today are kicking off a protest over the nearly $4 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Tribal members are joining in a 20-mile horse ride inside the Standing Rock Reservation to set up a camp site at the Cannonball River near the North Dakota-South Dakot

A group of hunters, anglers and conservationists wants Congress to maintain federal outdoor funding levels in 2017. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Access to good hunting, fishing and hiking lands has been shrinking for some sportsmen in recent years, and one conservation group is calling on Congress to take action. Last December, lawmakers laid out a budget plan that earned praise from conservationists for increasing dollars fo

Organic farmers can start applying for a program to help them pay for conservation buffers on their lands. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Organic farmers in South Dakota and across the nation soon will have a new tool to help their bottom lines while protecting the environment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to help cover the costs of setting up about 20,000 acres of new conservation buff

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