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PNS Daily News - September 18, 2019 


President Trump visits California, targeting its homelessness crisis and environmental protections; and Tennessee is a top destination for out-of-state women seeking abortions.

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Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh on why he's challenging President Trump; and how Iowa keeps its status as the first caucus of primary season.

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Native American tribal leaders are taking a 20-mile ceremonial horse ride to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Several tribal groups today are kicking off a protest over the nearly $4 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project. Tribal members are joining in a 20-mile horse ride inside the Standing Rock Reservation to set up a camp site at the Cannonball River near the North Dakota-South Dakot

Organic farmers can start applying for a program to help them pay for conservation buffers on their lands. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Organic farmers in South Dakota and across the nation soon will have a new tool to help their bottom lines while protecting the environment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to help cover the costs of setting up about 20,000 acres of new conservation buff

A South Dakota wildlife official is urging state lawmakers to shoot down a bill to allow bird hunting with a shotgun pistol. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D - A move to allow a certain type of handgun for game bird hunting could come up before the South Dakota House today. HB 1206 would allow hunters to use handguns that take a .410 gauge shotgun shell. But not everyone thinks it's a good move. Tony Leif is director of the wildlife divi

A package of bills aimed at helping South Dakota's Native American students is heading to the House after earning bipartisan support in the Senate. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The educational achievement gap for Native American students is a step closer to becoming history in South Dakota. Late last week, a pair of bills earned bipartisan approval in the state Senate. One would fund grants to set up three Native American achievement schools, the other wou

A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passes an important hurdle in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passed a hurdle in the South Dakota Legislature this week. A House committee approved a bill that would allow farmers to cultivate the plant, as long as it contains less than three-tenths of a percent of THC, the active ingredient

Bike safety groups want South Dakota lawmakers to consider new safety rules for all modes of transportation, not just cars. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Some South Dakota bicyclists could face 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if a bill being considered today becomes law. The state's House Transportation Committee is scheduled to look over HB 1073. It would require that slow moving riders get off their bikes to make room for fas

The USDA is no longer enforcing its grass-fed livestock labels and some farmers say that could cause confusion for the marketplace. (MorgueFile.com/mensatic)

PIERRE, S.D. - This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will stop using labels for grass fed and naturally-raised livestock. The Department's Agricultural Marketing Service, or AMS, says it is no longer using those labels because it never had the authority to enforce them in the

USDA finds schools have a heavy influence in peoples' decisions to return to their small hometowns. Credit: Jerry Oster

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service focused on towns that are losing population. It featured several in South Dakota and other states on the northern plains. Study co-author John Cromartie, a USDA geographer, travel

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