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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - SD: Rural/Farming

A new study has found that nitrogen run off from farm fields could come with a heavy price. Credit: Koan/morgueFile.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Farm nitrogen pollution damage is estimated at billions of dollars annually, according to an International Scientific Team study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study shows agriculture accounts for most of the pollution, said Environmental Working Gr

The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years. Photo credit:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now at more than six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The Trans-Canada pipeline project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews. Backers of the

Photo: A new study shows rural residents should call 911 if they think they are having a heart attack. Photo by GDNS

SSIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The natural instinct for many people in rural areas is to jump in the car and hurry to the nearest hospital if there are signs of a heart attack. A new study from the American Heart Association shows better outcomes from calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance. A review of mor

Photo: New proposals could limit who can get farm bill payments. Photo by GDNS.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to limit who can receive federal farm payments. The agency's newly-proposed rule would limit farm payments - people who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm operations would no longer receive them. In the F

PIERRE, S.D. – An agreement among a number of states could help improve access to health care, especially for rural residents. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact could allow more doctors to see patients across state lines. Erik Nelson, advocacy director for AARP South Dakota, says his

Photo: A new program from USDA could help more people get into farming. Photo by GDNS.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $18 million to help educate and develop the next generation of farmers. The funding is in the 2014 farm bill under the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for Agriculture and Conservation P

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro

South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the

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