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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - SD: Animal Welfare

The eradication of milkweed in South Dakota has reduced food for monarch butterflies, now included on the endangered species list. (nature.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – Wildlife experts say about one-third of all wildlife species in the United States are in decline or vulnerable – which means that without intervention, they could face extinction. A new report, "Reversing America's Wildlife Crisis," outlines the impending problem and als

The average American citizen consumes more than 200 pounds of meat each year, nearly twice as much as they did in 1961.(insideclimatenews.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Animal-rights advocates say the time is right for Americans who choose a meat-based diet to pay taxes on both the production and consumption of meat-based products. Ashley Byrne, associate director of campaigns with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said while

The current limit for line speeds in poultry processing factories is 140 birds per minute. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Consumer safety could be at risk from the poultry industry's proposal to allow faster line speeds in factories, workers' rights advocates say. The National Chicken Council, which represents the industry, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant increased line

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

A South Dakota wildlife official is urging state lawmakers to shoot down a bill to allow bird hunting with a shotgun pistol. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D - A move to allow a certain type of handgun for game bird hunting could come up before the South Dakota House today. HB 1206 would allow hunters to use handguns that take a .410 gauge shotgun shell. But not everyone thinks it's a good move. Tony Leif is director of the wildlife divi

The USDA is no longer enforcing its grass-fed livestock labels and some farmers say that could cause confusion for the marketplace. (MorgueFile.com/mensatic)

PIERRE, S.D. - This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will stop using labels for grass fed and naturally-raised livestock. The Department's Agricultural Marketing Service, or AMS, says it is no longer using those labels because it never had the authority to enforce them in the

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An early October blizzard, which brought up to four feet of snow and 70-miles-per-hour winds, killed thousands of head of livestock, causing millions of dollars in damage in western South Dakota. Fundraising has been under way to help the families who lost livestock in the storm.

PHOTO: Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. New reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Photo courtesy NWF.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. A pair of new reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Report author Lara Bryant, agriculture program coordinator for the NWF, makes the case

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