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President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - SD: Health

As states such as South Dakota lean more on absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic, supporters of vote-by-mail say it could boost their case of carrying out a nationwide effort during the general election. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's primary election is less than two weeks away, along with many local contests. With the coronavirus pandemic a major concern for vulnerable residents, a leading nonprofit organization is advising the state's aging population to vote absentee. South Dakota's secretar

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, long-term care facilities account for nearly one-third of COVID-19 deaths in most states. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - On its website, South Dakota isn't including long-term care facilities in its COVID-19 case reporting. But health officials announced Thursday that testing will ramp up at nursing homes, while a leading nonprofit encourages relatives of those residents to make sure they're safe.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge reported two positive cases of COVID-19 this week. (Adobe Stock)

PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- Tension has been building between South Dakota's governor and Native American tribes over the fight against COVID-19. Security checkpoints have been the focal point, but one tribe says other concerns have existed for several weeks. Gov. Kristi Noem has said she would sue the Ogl

Prior to the pandemic, rural health care systems were already dealing with a variety of challenges, including hospital closures. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Rural areas didn't initially see a lot of COVID-19 cases when the disease first began to surface in the U.S. But that has changed, and rural hospitals in South Dakota might see more demand than they're used to. An analysis by The New York Times says the coronavirus has now b

States like Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are among the last to decline to issue stay-at-home orders in light of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. - Despite growing calls for South Dakota to issue a shelter-in-place order, Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted such a move as the state responds to the pandemic. Yesterday, Noem held a public briefing streamed through social media. She reiterated that now is not the time for South Dakota t

Health officials and senior groups say there's a lot of misinformation flying around about the new coronavirus, and caution older South Dakotans to guidelines of the CDC and other trusted experts. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Information is flowing on a constant basis about the global pandemic -- and one well-known organization is urging South Dakota seniors to stay connected so they get reliable guidelines during the crisis. AARP South Dakota says with older people considered one of the more vulne

The Sioux Falls Police Department hopes people file more reports online so that officers can avoid spreading the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The spread of the coronavirus is changing how some police agencies deal with calls for service, including departments in South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, police are being asked to issue citations instead of making arrests for low-level crimes. Police Chief Matt Burns said people n

In addition to closed visitor centers, all interpretive programs at Badlands National Park are canceled amid the coronavirus. However, roads and trails are still open. (Adobe Stock)

KEYSTONE, S.D. - The National Park Service has closed or restricted access at several sites, including in South Dakota, because of the coronavirus. However, a decision to waive entrance fees at some parks isn't sitting well with employees. The Interior Department says the move will make it easier

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