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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - SD: Environment

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

Pheasants, deer, greater prairie chicken, turkeys, butterflies and bees are often attracted to farm land set aside in the Conservation Reserve Program.(somoag.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – The future of nutrition assistance in the stalled 2018 Farm Bill has dominated news headlines, but Midwest farmers and ranchers are equally concerned about what will happen if conservation programs are not renewed. Programs in jeopardy include the federal Conservation Reserve

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to examine a project's potential environmental consequences, including public hearings and comment periods. That could change under the Trump administration. (climateprotection.org)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Environmental groups worry the next target of the Trump administration is the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is the process used by federal agencies to assess the environmental, public health and community impacts of major projects. In South Dakota, a judge rece

The majority of state-level criminal cases related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 have been adjudicated, but about 100 people still face charges and may not know it. (insideclimatenews.org)

RAPID CITY S.D. – Legal professionals are in western South Dakota this weekend, trying to locate and help about 100 people who have outstanding warrants for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly two years ago. From late 2016 to early 2017, thousands of people protested the potential en

The Emerald Ash Borer has already killed 60 million ash trees across the United States since 2002. (commons.wikimedia.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota has become the 33rd state to confirm that the emerald ash borer has arrived, leading to an emergency quarantine and a public information session tonight for residents in the western part of the state. The quarantine is meant to restrict the movement of ash ma

More than 1 million people visit the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area each year for camping, fishing and water recreation. (Wikipedia)

YANKTON, S.D. — Too much sediment has been a problem in South Dakota's Lewis and Clark Lake for decades, and experts say a solution will be difficult and expensive - but it has to be found soon. The Army Corps of Engineers and others are searching for a fix to reduce the 5 million tons of se

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