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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - SD: Environment

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

A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passes an important hurdle in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passed a hurdle in the South Dakota Legislature this week. A House committee approved a bill that would allow farmers to cultivate the plant, as long as it contains less than three-tenths of a percent of THC, the active ingredient

Bike safety groups want South Dakota lawmakers to consider new safety rules for all modes of transportation, not just cars. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Some South Dakota bicyclists could face 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if a bill being considered today becomes law. The state's House Transportation Committee is scheduled to look over HB 1073. It would require that slow moving riders get off their bikes to make room for fas

New South Dakota law says drivers must give bicyclists a safety buffer of three to six feet, depending on the speed limit on the road. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new law goes into effect today in South Dakota that should make it easier for people to get out and about on their bicycles. Michael Christensen, an advocacy committee volunteer with the American Heart Association, says the law should make it easier for bikers to use public st

A new study has found that nitrogen run off from farm fields could come with a heavy price. Credit: Koan/morgueFile.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Farm nitrogen pollution damage is estimated at billions of dollars annually, according to an International Scientific Team study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study shows agriculture accounts for most of the pollution, said Environmental Working Gr

The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years. Photo credit:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The Trans-Canada pipeline project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the

PHOTO: The Clean Water Act was passed 42 years ago to protect surface water. Changes have been proposed that have become controversial. Photo credit: Jerry Oster

YANKTON, S.D. - The Clean Water Act celebrates its 42nd anniversary this weekend. It was passed in 1972 to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation's surface water. Trisha Jackson, a research geologist from South Dakota State University in Brookings, says clean water is

South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the

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