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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 


President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.


2020Talks - September 24, 2020 


A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Public News Service - SD: Native American

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the state's economy has

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new governor wants to kick-start the state's economy, and believes greater access to broadband would help more residents be part of that goal. Kristi Noem, a Republican, is the first woman to lead the state as governor. In her "State of the State" address on Tuesday, s

In South Dakota, 53 percent of the residents of Oglala Lakota County live below the U.S. poverty rate, the highest of any county in the state or the nation. (stjo.org)

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota is one of 14 states that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a move that would improve healthcare services for the state's large American Indian population, according to one expert. Nurse Margaret Moss has spent 30 years researching and ed

South Dakota's two metropolitan areas are separated by 350 miles, which leaves 80 percent of the state lacking trained medical personnel to handle sexual assault cases. (wmky.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota currently has only seven individuals who are certified to assist those who report a sexual assault, but a new training program has been launched to boost that number. Those who are certified have completed the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, program.

The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to examine a project's potential environmental consequences, including public hearings and comment periods. That could change under the Trump administration. (climateprotection.org)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Environmental groups worry the next target of the Trump administration is the National Environmental Policy Act. NEPA is the process used by federal agencies to assess the environmental, public health and community impacts of major projects. In South Dakota, a judge rece

South Dakota's prison population has increased by nearly 400 men and women over the past two years, according to the state's Corrections Commission. (doc.sd.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new billboard on a busy Sioux Falls street is part of the ACLU of South Dakota's Smart Justice reform campaign, ahead of the November election. South Dakota corrections officials have acknowledged that they're struggling to manage a growing prison population due to the

The majority of state-level criminal cases related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 have been adjudicated, but about 100 people still face charges and may not know it. (insideclimatenews.org)

RAPID CITY S.D. – Legal professionals are in western South Dakota this weekend, trying to locate and help about 100 people who have outstanding warrants for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly two years ago. From late 2016 to early 2017, thousands of people protested the potential en

South Dakota could save more than $6 million a year if it reclassified the charge of ingestion of a drug to a misdemeanor. It is currently a felony. (dantes1401/Twenty20)

PIERRE, S.D. – What role will criminal justice reform play in South Dakota's elections this year? The ACLU of South Dakota says it should be a top issue for candidates. The group is launching its "Smart Justice" campaign today, pushing for a bigger focus on crime's connection to mental healt

In South Dakota, 51 percent say they participate in some form of creative or artistic endeavor. (speedmuseum.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Key players in South Dakota's creative community will gather in downtown Sioux Falls this weekend for the first statewide arts conference in nearly six years. Jim Speirs, executive director of Arts South Dakota, says many people don't know that the downtown Sioux Falls Sc

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