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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - SD: Environment

Flooding across the Midwest in 2019 made this year's corn planting the longest delayed in U.S. history. (farmbureau.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With 2020 just around the corner, farmers across the Midwest hope Mother Nature and economic conditions will bring relief by spring. The American Farm Bureau says South Dakota reported 13 farm bankruptcies in a 12-month period ending in September, compared with two in the

The Keystone XL project, proposed to span 1,200 miles from the Montana-Canada border through South Dakota and Nebraska, is expected to draw protesters when construction begins. (JosueRivas/NDN Collective File)

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Opponents to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, expected to run north to south through South Dakota, are mobilizing again now that the state's anti-protest laws were thrown out. In 2016, a year-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock failed to stop

A controversial uranium mine would be located 13 miles northwest of Edgemont and 50 miles from the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Pine Ridge Reservation. (dakotarural.org)

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A case that began in 2010 is back in the news this week, as the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board hears arguments between a uranium mining company, government regulators and the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The hearing will decide if the mining company, Powertech, is required to conduct a

In recent days, pet owners in North Carolina and Georgia reported their dogs died after swimming in water contaminated with blue-green algae toxins. (akc.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As the dog days of summer drag on, pet owners are being reminded by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to steer clear of ponds with smelly water containing blue-green algae blooms. Fisheries manager Mark Ermer says due to excessive spring flooding, the st

Tourism in South Dakota, including tourist visits to the Crazy Horse Memorial, has risen to record levels in each of the last nine years.(nockewell/pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a nod to how much the world has changed in the past century. The agency designed scavenger hunts at 29 parks and recreation areas that require a selfie be taken there in order to win prizes suc

South Dakota has spent nearly $1 million for a trap giveaway program to kill mammals considered pheasant predators, including raccoons, skunks, possums, badgers and red foxes. (statesymbolsusa.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In her January inaugural address, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem promised to restore the state's pheasant population and introduced a habitat restoration initiative that is getting mixed reviews. To boost the number of pheasants, Noem created a bounty program that pays hun

South Dakota says it needs $46 million in federal disaster-relief funds to recover from severe winter and spring weather that affected virtually every part of the state. (fema.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota is asking for a federal emergency declaration that would include $46 million to repair homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed by extreme winter weather and spring floods along several rivers. Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Donald Trump th

Brian and Jamie Johnson, shown with their children, received the South Dakota Leopold Conservation Award for their success in balancing farm production with conservation. (Courtesy of Johnson Family)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Brian Johnson was just a boy 25 years ago when his dad bucked the trend and adopted no-till farming practices. Now, he's approaching 40 and following in his father's footsteps promoting sustainable agriculture. The Johnson Farm of Frankfort – 1,800 acres of cropland

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