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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - SD: LGBTQIA Issues

The South Dakota State Capitol is bracing for protests today from LGBT groups who oppose a bill restricting treatments for children who considering gender reassignment. (Sharon McCutcheon/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. -- In her annual address last month, Gov. Kristi Noem stressed economic expansion and diversification, and the current spotlight on transgender issues has some worried it could be a black eye for South Dakota. A bill to be heard in the Senate today would criminalize gender-confirmation

Almost 50 years after the first gay pride march took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, Sioux Falls will hold its first LGBTQ parade on Saturday. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The annual Sioux Falls Pride Festival this weekend will include a first-ever downtown parade as part of the activities. Adam Jorgensen, communications associate for the ACLU of South Dakota, said he grew up in Dell Rapids and came out as gay when he was 7 years old. Jorgens

Vigils will be held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monday is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a somber anniversary that recognizes transgender people who've lost their lives in the past year, including a South Dakota transgender woman murdered in January. The day of remembrance began in 1999 after the killing of a transgend

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 lawmakers are considering several bills that civil rights advocates say unfairly target transgender people. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Civil rights advocates say South Dakota is poised to become one of the worst states in the nation for transgender people. On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved a measure that would prohibit the state from recognizing a transgender person's stated identity. Advocates for that b

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

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