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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - SD: Animal Welfare

It's estimated that Americans own 78 million dogs and 85 million cats, but many animal shelters are seeing an increase in people giving up their pets due to challenges caused by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DELMONT, S. D. -- Some people deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic are making the heartbreaking decision to give their pets up for adoption. One South Dakota shelter is doing all it can to take care of these animals and accommodate their owners. Teresa Richardson, founder of E.T. Farms Anima

The loss of short and mixed-grass prairies in the Great Plains has significantly reduced South Dakota's swift fox population. (sdstate.edu)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- One-third of America's wildlife is vulnerable to extinction, including 104 species in South Dakota. But a new bill in Congress could dramatically improve their survival chances. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would dedicate funding to allow state and tribal wildlife mana

In recent days, pet owners in North Carolina and Georgia reported their dogs died after swimming in water contaminated with blue-green algae toxins. (akc.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – As the dog days of summer drag on, pet owners are being reminded by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to steer clear of ponds with smelly water containing blue-green algae blooms. Fisheries manager Mark Ermer says due to excessive spring flooding, the st

South Dakota has spent nearly $1 million for a trap giveaway program to kill mammals considered pheasant predators, including raccoons, skunks, possums, badgers and red foxes. (statesymbolsusa.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In her January inaugural address, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem promised to restore the state's pheasant population and introduced a habitat restoration initiative that is getting mixed reviews. To boost the number of pheasants, Noem created a bounty program that pays hun

More than a third of the population, or 275,000 people, obtain hunting licenses annually in South Dakota. (wikipedia.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The start of hunting season for various South Dakota game is just days away, and residents are being reminded about a hotline to call if they observe any illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks officer Joe Keeton said last year's n

The eradication of milkweed in South Dakota has reduced food for monarch butterflies, now included on the endangered species list. (nature.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – Wildlife experts say about one-third of all wildlife species in the United States are in decline or vulnerable – which means that without intervention, they could face extinction. A new report, "Reversing America's Wildlife Crisis," outlines the impending problem and als

The average American citizen consumes more than 200 pounds of meat each year, nearly twice as much as they did in 1961.(insideclimatenews.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Animal-rights advocates say the time is right for Americans who choose a meat-based diet to pay taxes on both the production and consumption of meat-based products. Ashley Byrne, associate director of campaigns with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said while

The current limit for line speeds in poultry processing factories is 140 birds per minute. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Consumer safety could be at risk from the poultry industry's proposal to allow faster line speeds in factories, workers' rights advocates say. The National Chicken Council, which represents the industry, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant increased line

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