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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - SD: Environment

The land on which Mount Rushmore is located was taken from the Lakota Sioux by the U.S. government in the 1800s. (Adobe Stock)

KEYSTONE, S.D. -- President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally at Mount Rushmore later this week for Independence Day. But a number of Native American tribes say they'll protest, given the complex history behind some of the monument's figures. Statues and monuments deemed historically insensitiv

Plastic accounts for 10% of all the earth's waste, according to the World Economic Forum. (masspirg.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- When major flooding occurs across South Dakota, it leaves riverbanks littered with trash, including lots of single-use plastics. But a bill aimed at stopping local governments from banning plastic and other "auxiliary containers" has nonetheless moved forward in Pierre. Members

The loss of short and mixed-grass prairies in the Great Plains has significantly reduced South Dakota's swift fox population. (sdstate.edu)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- One-third of America's wildlife is vulnerable to extinction, including 104 species in South Dakota. But a new bill in Congress could dramatically improve their survival chances. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would dedicate funding to allow state and tribal wildlife mana

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

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