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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - SD: Mental Health

At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud

Several South Dakota mentoring services are looking for volunteers. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today, the nation is focused on the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service. And with January being National Mentoring Month, some mentoring services in South Dakota say they are in need of help. Groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters say th

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A summer study group, the "Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force" was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to study the possible expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota. The expansion, part of the federal Affordable Care Act, would potentially extend coverage to about 5

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - This summer, there will be another chance for South Dakotans to weigh in on the future of Medicare and Social Security. Last year, members of AARP South Dakota held meetings in each of the state's 66 counties as part of their "You've Earned a Say" campaign. According to the grou

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - When Congress passed the "sequester" cuts as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, across-the-board reductions were imposed on a number of agencies. The National Institutes of Health lost 5 percent of their budget, about $1.6 billion dollars. According to Pam Miller of the Am

PHOTO: Research indicates that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, research indicates. Parents can often see issues that arise but may not know where to turn. Jennifer Kline, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Children, says it is sometimes difficult for parents to seek he

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The U.S. Veterans Administration has proposed closing its medical facility in Hot Springs, South Dakota, after a decade of slowly moving services out of the area. In response, the "Save the VA" committee has organized, working to keep and expand veterans' services in southwest So

VERMILLION, S.D. - The combination of end-of-year holidays and the start of a new year can create extra stress for almost anyone. Some people bring it on themselves by creating stress with their own sometimes unrealistic expectations, says Lynette Melby, a Vermillion-based nurse practitioner and be

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