PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - SD: Environment

VERMILLION, S.D. - A 143-acre parcel of land in the Missouri River Valley in Clay County, S.D., will be preserved through a perpetual conservation easement. Jerry and Norma Wilson are donating the easement on land that includes the historic Severson Cabin, which is recorded on the National Register

VERMILLION, S.D. - The Clay County Commission is asking the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources to reject a request from Hyperion Resources to extend the construction deadline for its proposed oil refinery in Union County. The commission is also asking the state to begin an

ELK POINT, S.D. - The revised draft air-quality permit for a proposed Hyperion oil refinery in Union County has been opened up to public comment. South Dakota's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will accept comments on the project through March 21. Texas-based Hyperion is appl

ABERDEEN, S.D. - A oil refinery proposed by Hyperion Resources for Union County in southeastern South Dakota would release almost twice the amount of the greenhouse gas methane as was originally specified in its air quality permit application. Documents submitted to the South Dakota Department of En

YANKTON, S.D. - The Center for Rural Affairs is opposing a federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump Canadian tar sands oil across much of western South Dakota on the way to refineries on the gulf coast. John Crabtree, media director for the Center, says there are cleaner sourc

PIERRE, S.D. - The push to ban smoking in all workplaces and most businesses in South Dakota is getting underway Tuesday, and voters in November will decide the fate of the referred measure. Opponents say it's a decision that should be left up to each business. Jennifer Stalley with the "Yes on 12

MITCHELL, S.D. - The International Code Council has released new green construction codes to local governments across the country. The suggested codes outline how new buildings can be built to save energy. International Code Council CEO Rick Weiland, formerly of Sioux Falls, says the codes represe

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota is a national leader in wind power, according to a just-released national study. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is out with its 2009 edition of the Wind Technologies Market Report. It shows South Dakota, along with North

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