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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2019 


Trump once again floats the idea of being president beyond two terms. Also on the Monday rundown: A new national report ranks children's well-being, from coast to coast; and a Family Care Act gains support.

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South Dakota hopes to diversify its cash crops with successful production of hemp, as shown here in Polk County, Minn. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers want to get hemp into production as soon as possible, passing a bill last week by a vote of 65-2 to grow, produce and process the plant. Overwhelming support by the House of Representatives for the hemp bill conflicts with the wishes of Gov. Kristi Noem, who ha

Nearly 90,000 South Dakotans received SNAP benefits in Nov. 2018, according to the South Dakota Department of Social Services. (nokidhungry.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new report shows more South Dakotans are relying on safety-net programs that help lower-income families. South Dakota's KIDS COUNT and the University of South Dakota's Public Health Programs analyzed enrollment for health and social-service programs since the Great Rece

South Dakota teachers are eager to learn if changes will be made to K-12 funding levels by incoming Gov. Kristi Noem when she takes office on Jan. 5, 2019. (nesdahec.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota's latest education report card shows performance progress for math and English, and the state teacher's union hopes the new governor and lawmakers will focus on improving that trajectory when they convene next month. In addition to new legislators, South Dakota wi

The hardest-to-fill teaching positions in South Dakota are in math, science, high school language arts, special education, career and technical education, and English as a second language. (teacher.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota teachers no longer earn the lowest salaries in the nation, but a new report says that without vigilance, the progress could reverse itself and make it more difficult to retain good educators. This year, South Dakota teacher pay climbed to 48th among states - compare

The average student loan debt for a four-year degree from a public university in South Dakota was roughly $28,000 in 2016. (usd.edu)

VERMILLION, S.D. – Another semester has started at South Dakota's six public universities with many students aware that upon graduation, they will face the highest level of student loan debt in the nation. The unwelcome news from a recent study is not a surprise to administrators at the stat

The population of De Smet, S.D., declined more than 6 percent from 2010 to 2017, but the rural town raised money from local residents to expand the hospital and build an event center. (mapio.net)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The population of rural counties in South Dakota continues to decline, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but some rural towns are finding ways to boost resilience and keep young people from moving to larger cities. Jessica Schad, an assistant professor of Sociology and

Since 1993, the number of South Dakota households headed by women has increased 112 percent. (pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A new report says the overall number of children living in poverty in South Dakota hasn't changed much in the past 25 years. What has risen sharply in the past two decades is the percentage of families led by single parents - both women and men. Carole Cochran, project d

South Dakota teacher salaries increased more than in any other state during for the 2016-2017 school year. (teacher.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Education Association says work will need to continue if salaries for teachers are going to stay out of last place in the nation. Teachers learned this week that after 30 years, their salaries are no longer America's lowest. A National Education Association re

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