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Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - SD: Civic Engagement

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

States like Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota are among the last to decline to issue stay-at-home orders in light of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

PIERRE, S.D. - Despite growing calls for South Dakota to issue a shelter-in-place order, Gov. Kristi Noem has resisted such a move as the state responds to the pandemic. Yesterday, Noem held a public briefing streamed through social media. She reiterated that now is not the time for South Dakota t

If passed, the newest version of South Dakota's

PIERRE, S.D. -- Another attempt to limit protests over construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will be heard at the State Capitol today. Gov. Kristi Noem has introduced an amended version of what's become known as the 2019 "riot-boosting" law -- struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

The historic 1880s Grist Mlll in Milbank, S.D., was completely reconstructed in 2009. (Flickr) <br />

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - In 10 years, one in five Americans will be 65 or older - and urban or rural, they want a livable community. The town of Milbank in northeast South Dakota is eager to be one of those places. Milbank is inducted into the AARP network of "Age Friendly" communities today, joining S

For the second time, a judge has ruled in favor of a South Dakota grassroots organization challenging the constitutionality of laws passed by state legislators. (americansforprosperity.org)<br /><br />

PIERRE, S.D. -- Supporters of South Dakota's traditional initiative-and-referendum process worry state lawmakers may pass a revised law now that a federal judge has declared the law passed last session unconstitutional. Last week, Judge Charles Kornmann ruled that House Bill 1094 violates the Firs

The Keystone XL project, proposed to span 1,200 miles from the Montana-Canada border through South Dakota and Nebraska, is expected to draw protesters when construction begins. (JosueRivas/NDN Collective File)

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Opponents to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, expected to run north to south through South Dakota, are mobilizing again now that the state's anti-protest laws were thrown out. In 2016, a year-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock failed to stop

The South Dakota Legislature has so far rejected proposals to ban death sentences for people with serious mental illnesses. (worldcoalitionagainstthedeathpenalty.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could impact a South Dakota case that shocked the Sioux Falls community in 2016. This month, the high court justices heard arguments in Kahler v. Kansas, a case that could determine the constitutionality of the insanity defense. South

A historic anti-corruption referendum approved by South Dakota voters in 2017 was later overturned by GOP lawmakers who claimed the public had been hoodwinked into voting yes. (commondreams.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In 1898, South Dakotans voted to become the first U.S. state to let citizens vote directly on laws through the initiative and referendum process, but a political blogger says state lawmakers are slowly eroding the process. Cory Heidelberger maintains the ways used by vote

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