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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - SD: Rural/Farming

Environmental advocates worry they'd see more pollution in South Dakota waterways if the state agency that regulates them is allowed to merge with the Agriculture Department. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's governor is reviving her proposal to merge two state agencies, including one that oversees protections for public lands and waterways, raising concerns from environmental groups. In her State-of-the-State address this week, Gov. Kristi Noem made mention of her idea fr

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that between 25 million and 30 million Americans live in

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A South Dakota nonprofit group is working to create "edible forests" to provide lower-income communities greater access to healthy foods. Project Food Forest, based in Sioux Falls, wants to help eliminate "food deserts," areas where there's no grocery store nearby that sells af

Education experts say the learning inequities made worse by the pandemic could persist into the next couple of school years. (Adobe Stock)

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STURGIS, S.D. -- Concerns over distance learning gaps have popped up with schools around the country shut down in the pandemic, and those concerns also are being raised in South Dakota. Challenges in the Mount Rushmore State are similar to those in other states: lack of broadband internet access i

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

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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

The largest manufacturer of a pesticide linked to impaired brain development in children will end its production.  (jcesar2015/Pixabay)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota farmers who use a controversial pesticide on their corn, soybeans and other crops will need to find another product next year after the manufacturer announced it will end production in 2020 because of declining sales. The decision by Corteva to quit making chlorpyri

In her second State of the State address, Gov. Kristi Noem promised to grow South Dakota's economy, which has lagged behind the nation's. (foundationforgovernment.org)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- In her second State of the State address, Governor Kristi Noem stressed that South Dakota is "open for business," citing tax laws that encourage companies to move to the state or expand their operations. Noem said she's committed to what she calls the "four pillars of protection" f

Beef is the most imported meat in the United States, with about 3 billion pounds produced annually. (shutterbug75/Pixabay)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - If you're someone who wants to know whether the beef or pork you're eating is a product of the USA, the new USMCA trade agreement won't be much help. Bill Bullard leads the R-CALF trade association and said "country-of-origin labeling" is required for chicken and lamb, but simil

Flooding across the Midwest in 2019 made this year's corn planting the longest delayed in U.S. history. (farmbureau.org)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With 2020 just around the corner, farmers across the Midwest hope Mother Nature and economic conditions will bring relief by spring. The American Farm Bureau says South Dakota reported 13 farm bankruptcies in a 12-month period ending in September, compared with two in the

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