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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - SD: Civil Rights

Several South Dakota lawmakers want to make drug testing mandatory for people who apply for public benefits. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota residents who apply for public assistance programs would have to pass a drug test before receiving help, such as food stamps, if new legislation passes. Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto introduced the bill late last week. She says the idea is to ensure that Sou

PIERRE, S.D. - Setting up the kind of battle over union rights already seen in some other states, a group of 18 South Dakota lawmakers, all Republicans, is co-sponsoring a bill to keep public employees from using collective bargaining to negotiate their contracts with state and local governments.

Washington, DC - A report out this week from the Pew Center on the States lists South Dakota as one of 16 states not providing enough time for overseas military personnel and other Americans overseas who vote absentee to ensure their vote will be counted. David Becker, director of Pew's Make Votin

Sioux Falls, SD – For the second time in as many years, an abortion ban initiative is on the November ballot in South Dakota. Proponents say Initiated Measure 11 would prevent abortions from being used as birth control, while the leading opponents say it prevents families from making their own

Sioux Falls, SD – An advocacy group that worked to defeat a South Dakota abortion ban in 2006 is speaking out in opposition to a new petition drive that would bring the issue to a vote again this fall. Campaign for Healthy Families' co-chair Jan Nicolay says claims that the ballot measure woul

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