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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - SD: Rural/Farming

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

YANKTON, S.D. – More women in South Dakota are becoming active in owning or managing farmland, and rural advocates say some basic information can help them find success and improve their land. The Center for Rural Affairs recently held a workshop to provide some tips. Traci Bruckner, a sen

YANKTON, S.D. – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that would cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030. The rules are part of the response of the Obama administration to climate change. Johnathan Hladik, senior advocate for En

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An early October blizzard, which brought up to four feet of snow and 70-miles-per-hour winds, killed thousands of head of livestock, causing millions of dollars in damage in western South Dakota. Fundraising has been under way to help the families who lost livestock in the storm.

PHOTO: Center for Rural Affairs research director, Jon Bailey, says there appears to be a range of choices for health insurance carriers under the Affordable Care Act in the Midwest and Great Plains. Photo courtesy of CFRA.

YANKTON, S.D. - Late last week a New York Times report found the Affordable Care Act is falling short in keeping costs low for many people in rural America. It said that in rural areas there are far fewer carriers offering plans in the law's online exchanges. However, the research director for the

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