PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - SD: Environment

PHOTO: A report from the Center for Rural Affairs finds that expanding the electric transmission grid is key to a clean energy future.

YANKTON, S.D. – A new report from the Center for Rural Affairs finds that expanding the electric transmission grid is key to a clean energy future. And an improved grid, capable of carrying high voltages is necessary to bring more wind energy online, in turn creating more jobs in both transm

PHOTO: Lost in all the debate and bluster over the

YANKTON, S.D. - Lost in all the debate and bluster over the "fiscal cliff' is any action on a Farm Bill. The current law expires at the end of the year, and if Congress does nothing, much of agricultural economics would be determined by the 1949 version of the Farm Bill. Chuck Hassebrook, executiv

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The waiting game in Congress over the wind production tax credit is hitting home in South Dakota. Molded Fiberglass in Aberdeen manufactures specialty blades for wind turbines, and general manager David Giovannini says uncertainty about the federal tax credit is affecting the order

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Whooping cranes have landed on a new list highlighting 10 species deemed at risk because of fossil fuel development, storage and transportation. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would run along the bird's migratory path. Although President Obama's rejection of the project permit

YANKTON, S.D. - Heavy snow on the northern plains this past winter followed by drenching rains caused record flooding on the Missouri River. That was followed by a record dry fall across much of the same region. A report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that more ex

ABERDEEN, S.D. - TransCanada Corporation is seeking presidential authorization to build its $7.5 billion Keystone XL pipeline. The line would transport tar sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada, through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska on its way to refineries on the Gulf coast. A number of group

YANKTON, S.D. - A new map and database of proposed clean energy transmission projects across the northern plains includes two projects in South Dakota. It was developed by the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA). One line is the "Green Power Express," a broad network that spans more than 3,000 miles,

PIERRE, S.D. - A contested case hearing on the Prevention of Significant Deterioration air permit issued by the State of South Dakota to Hyperion Resources for a new oil refinery begins this week in Pierre. The $10 billion refinery is proposed for Union County, in southeast South Dakota. Peter Car

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