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The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - SD: Environment

HURON, S.D. - The South Dakota Farmers Union will hold its annual convention this Friday and Saturday in Huron. Farmers Union president Doug Sombke says renewable energy - especially wind power - will be a big topic. It's growing in the state, he adds, but too slowly. "At some point in time, we are

PIERRE, S.D. - Global warming is having odd effects on winter weather in South Dakota and around the northern United States, and the National Wildlife Federation has just released a report that details some of the extremes. Chris Hesla with the South Dakota Wildlife Federation says the unusual condi

ELK POINT, S.D. - An environmental group says an oil refinery proposed for southeast South Dakota is not needed, and would be built in the wrong place. Pete Carrels of the Sierra Club says the Hyperion Resources refinery would be about 20 years too late. "It's pretty clear that the refining industr

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The deadline for public input on how to clear the often hazy views in national parks and wilderness areas in South Dakota and neighboring states is Friday. The so-called "North Dakota Draft Regional Haze Plan" was mandated by federal clean air laws. Jim Margadant, regional conse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - While the international climate conference in Copenhagen wrapped up with limited agreements on carbon emissions, the framework set up there will set the stage for further talks. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, says that framework for climat

ELD POINT, SD - Air monitoring is set to begin this weekend near the proposed Hyperion oil refinery in Union County, and local residents who oppose the project will be the ones conducting the tests. The so-called "bucket brigade" program will train about a dozen community members to take scientifica

VERMILLION, S. D. - Until last month, no government body or agency had requested an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Hyperion Energy Center, a huge oil refinery planned for Union County. Representing Union County's next-door neighbors, the Clay County Commission has made a writt

HURON, S.D. - The state Public Utilities Commission says wind energy production in South Dakota could easily double next year, with a billion dollar investment possible over the next two and a half years. State fairgoers will have a unique opportunity to hear more about the state's potential for wi

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