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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that Turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: the newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we shall return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 24, 2020 

Formal transition to Biden presidency begins; key Biden Cabinet nominations to be announced today. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Public News Service - SD: Civic Engagement

President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential race has led to concerns about people losing faith in democracy in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Election officials across the U.S. say there's no evidence of illegal votes helping Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential race. But President Donald Trump and some of his allies are still claiming fraud. GOP Gov. Kristi Noem is a staunch Trump supporter and among those echoing sen

The fall election came amid a coronavirus surge in South Dakota, prompting election offices to keep extra masks handy and have hand-sanitizing stations in place, along with other measures. (Adobe Stock)

MILBANK, S.D. -- Plastic barriers, extra hand sanitizer, safe distance reminders: Those are a few of the safety measures South Dakota voters may have observed on Election Day to protect them from COVID-19, and a local election official says some of those protections may never go away. Heading into

As COVID-19 ravages South Dakota, some medical groups have launched a campaign to promote mask wearing.  (Avera)

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Calls have amplified for South Dakota to issue a statewide mask rule in light of surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As that debate plays out, some local governments have decided on mandates of their own - or are considering them. Throughout the pandemic, the City of Bro

According to the state, nearly one in five South Dakota residents already has cast his or her ballot in the 2020 election. (Adobe Stock)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Time is running short for South Dakotans who haven't voted yet to consider how they will cast their ballots. With COVID-19 still ravaging the state, a detailed plan is strongly encouraged. South Dakota's voter-registration deadline was earlier this week. For those who took that

Rapid City has seen longstanding tensions between Native American communities and the white population over 1,200 acres of land that once belonged to an Indian boarding school. Various groups and Native American leaders say the land was stolen from tribes and paved the way for unlawful use. (Adobe Stock)

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Many South Dakota schools returned to in-person learning this fall. But that's not an easy decision for all families during the pandemic. And one Rapid City church is trying to help students who face extra burdens because of COVID-19. Earlier this month, St. Andrews Episcopal C

A number of states surrounding South Dakota -- including Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana -- have legalized marijuana in some form, while others, like Iowa and Nebraska, have not. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Those who support a pair of marijuana ballot measures in South Dakota are asking residents to get behind the initiatives when they cast their ballots this fall. Marijuana-related issues will be prominently featured on the November ballot, with one asking to legalize the drug fo

George Floyd murals, such as this one in Milwaukee, have surfaced across the globe following protests over his killing by Minneapolis police. (Graham Kilmer)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- From middle America to Europe, murals have popped up in honor of George Floyd amid the renewed fight for racial justice. In South Dakota, there are parallels to other works that call attention to the issues of systemic racism. Jim Speirs, executive director of the group Arts So

As states such as South Dakota lean more on absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic, supporters of vote-by-mail say it could boost their case of carrying out a nationwide effort during the general election. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota's primary election is less than two weeks away, along with many local contests. With the coronavirus pandemic a major concern for vulnerable residents, a leading nonprofit organization is advising the state's aging population to vote absentee. South Dakota's secretar

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