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PNS Daily News - December 9, 2019 


The Pensacola shooting investigated as an act of terror; Trump faces criticism over so-called anti-Semitic comments; and some local governments adapt to meet the needs of immigrants.

2020Talks - December 9, 2019 


Candidates have a busy week in Iowa, despite a weekend shooting on Pensacola Navy Air Base. Also, candidates start butting heads, notably South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Public News Service - SD: Civil Rights

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

The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre that left 250 Native American women and children dead is considered one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. (commons.wikimedia.org)

PIERRE, S.D. – A controversial tweet by President Donald Trump has led a Native American group to encourage Congress to rescind medals awarded to soldiers more than 100 years ago following the battle at Wounded Knee in southwestern South Dakota. And Four Winds Incorporated is urging Native A

A polygamist compound in the Black Hills may be empty, but state lawmakers are considering legislation that could be used to verify births and deaths there, should members of the sect return. (Wikimedia Commons)

PIERRE, S.D. - Occupants of a housing compound buried in the Black Hills and associated with a known polygamist sect are the focus of a bill in the South Dakota Legislature. The compound was established in 2005 by members of a radical offshoot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or

Government data shows that the number of abortions in the United States dropped by 24 percent from 2006 to 2015. (aclu-wy.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota has some of the most restrictive laws in the nation regarding abortion, but state legislators will consider a bill this session to make the procedure still more formidable. Current state law says doctors must give women the "option" to view a sonogram before

South Dakota, where early voting started on Sept. 21, is one of 37 states and the District of Columbia that offer voting without requiring an absentee excuse or justification. (nativevillage.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Like many other states, South Dakota is expecting a larger than normal voter turnout for tomorrow's midterms, and the ACLU of South Dakota is stepping up to make sure voters can report any problems they encounter. As of Friday, the Secretary of State's office said nearly

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