PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate Change on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 

The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

Public News Service - SD: Civic Engagement

Some unions are cautiously optimistic over a split Supreme Court decision upholding a decades-old law that supporters say protects collective-bargaining rights for workers. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Some of the country's largest labor unions are claiming a tentative victory after a split decision Tuesday from the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether nonunion workers have to pay what's known as "fair share" union dues for the wages and workplace protections the union negotiate

Death penalty opponents hold a vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Good Friday. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A group of death penalty opponents is holding a Good Friday vigil to protest the use of capital punishment in South Dakota. The group is having its 19th annual prayer service outside the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the only prison in the state where executio

A gay rights group will rally this weekend in support of South Dakota's transgender community. (Black Hills Center for Equality)

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As South Dakota lawmakers consider several bills aimed at transgender issues, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are set to rally in Rapid City this weekend. Education, not legislation - that's what the group argues will help change minds regarding transg

South Dakota's largest teachers union supports Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan for raising the state sales tax to boost teacher pay. (iStock)

PIERRE, S.D. - In the wake of a proposal to improve South Dakota's lowest-in-the-nation teacher pay, teachers groups are continuing to talk with lawmakers about what that could look like. The state's largest teachers union is backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan for a half-cent sales tax increase t

Getting physical could extend your life. Courtesy: American Heart Association

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The annual Heart Walk this Saturday could be your chance to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. American Heart Association spokeswoman Chrissy Meyer said the association wants people to join the walk - and get moving. "It's an opportunity for us to encourage people to get

USDA finds schools have a heavy influence in peoples' decisions to return to their small hometowns. Credit: Jerry Oster

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service focused on towns that are losing population. It featured several in South Dakota and other states on the northern plains. Study co-author John Cromartie, a USDA geographer, travel

Teachers agree it will take more than money to fix teacher shortage. Credit: Jerry Oster

PIERRE, S.D. - The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to re-evaluate the current funding formula, meet with stakeholders and make recommendations to the 2016 Legislature. The group now has started the second round of meetings. Mary McCorkle, p

PHOTO: A new survey shows cities in South Dakota are good places to live. Photo credit: Greater Dakota News Service.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The AARP Public Policy Institute has released findings of its Livability Index, a feature that allows people to see how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. The index will measure down to the neighborhood level on a number of important metrics. Sara

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