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COVID-19 causes a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, postal banking and grocery workers treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held their primary yesterday, in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - SD: Civil Rights

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 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

Legislation under consideration at the South Dakota Capitol would criminalize doctors for providing gender transition treatment to children younger than age 16

PIERRE, S.D. -- A South Dakota bill that would punish doctors who provide treatments for transgender youths is similar to others making their way through state legislatures this year. House Bill 1057 would punish doctors who treat patients younger than age 16 for certain gender-transition procedures

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

South Dakota's new state law requiring public schools to display the motto,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The mandatory display of the motto "In God We Trust" will greet South Dakota students when they return to public schools on Thursday, and those who believe in separation of church and state say that’s sending the wrong message. A law approved by state legislators an

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

A Lakota man locks himself to construction equipment in 2016 to protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (en.wikipedia.org)

PIERRE, S.D. — Anti-pipeline-protest legislation that opponents say could chill free speech in South Dakota is on its way to Gov. Kristi Noem for a signature. The legislation was introduced by Noem days before the session ended - while many tribal members who opposed the bills were across the

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