PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - SD: Civic Engagement

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

PHOTO: A woman's ability to manage stress is a major factor that affects her overall heart health. It's one message to heed for Heart Month in February. Photo courtesy of American Heart Association

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The emphasis will be on women and their heart health at the "Go Red for Women" luncheon, coming up this week in Sioux Falls. The event is part of February's "Heart Month" activities, and a fundraiser for research and education on heart disease. Women need to hear the important m

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

WASHINGTON – May is Older Americans Month, and as part of that, members and staff from AARP South Dakota spent time in the capital, talking to the state's congressional delegation about issues important to senior citizens. Dennis Eisnach, AARP's volunteer president in South Dakota, says the

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