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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2019 


Chants of a different sort greet U.S. Rep. Omar upon her return home to Minnesota. Also on our Friday rundown: A new report says gunshot survivors need more outreach, support. Plus, sharing climate-change perspectives in Charlotte.

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Advocates for survivors of sexual assault say South Dakota's rape kit testing law falls short by not requiring the state to find out exactly how many kits are sitting untested. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new rape kit testing law is now in effect, but a sexual assault victims' group argues it may not go far enough to tackle the state's backlog. Currently, only about 350 untested rape kits are accounted for in South Dakota. Researchers at the Joyful Heart Foundation, ho

Two South Dakota companies and the city of Sioux Falls are being honored for helping employees work out at the workplace. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Two South Dakota companies and a city are being honored today for taking steps to become some of the healthiest workplaces in the state. The American Heart Association is designating Avera Health and Dakotacare as platinum level fit friendly workplaces, while the City of Sioux Falls

A recent poll shows growing bipartisan support for Medicaid expansion among South Dakota voters. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – A growing number of voters in South Dakota say they want to expand Medicaid coverage through federal funding. A recent poll commissioned by the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network shows 74 percent of voters support Gov. Dennis Daugaard's expansion plans. That's up

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

The American Heart Association is hosting several events in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to women's heart health issues. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - February is American Heart Month, and the goal is to help raise awareness of heart health. The American Heart Association is asking people to support its "Go Red For Women" campaign by participating in today's National Wear Red Day event. Chrissy Meyer, communications director

LGBT advocates, including Libby Skarin with the ACLU, say two South Dakota bills are discriminating against transgender students. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers are now considering two bills that LGBT advocates say target transgender students in a negative way. The first passed out of committee Monday and restricts transgender students from using bathrooms designated for people with the opposite physical sex. The oth

Healthy eating begins at home, and doesn't have to disrupt your life. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The American Heart Association wants parents and children to feel they can make healthy choices in their home and in their busy schedules, without major disruptions and costs - so they developed the "Life is Why Family Health Challenge." Abby Vostad, a wife and mom in Sioux Fall

Photo: An AARP survey indicates caregivers of the elderly in South Dakota need help and support. Image by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – AARP South Dakota has released findings of a statewide survey highlighting family caregiver experiences, challenges and needs in the state. The survey recognizes and supports the important role many South Dakotans play throughout the years as family caregivers. Sarah Je

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