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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

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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

Sex trafficking is believed to be a $90 billion-a-year industry that exploits more than 20 million adults and children worldwide. (dosomething.org)

PIERRE, S.D. - New laws meant to crack down on human trafficking will be introduced at the South Dakota Capitol today. According to the Human Trafficking Institute, South Dakota ranks 11th in human trafficking nationwide, with most cases related to sex trafficking. The state also ranks eighth for

in 2016, South Dakota lawmakers implemented a new half-cent sales tax to improve teacher pay, the state's first sales tax increase since 1969. (Tom Griffith/sdnewswatch.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota is doing an excellent job of distributing school funding, but a new report gives the state a failing grade for the amount of money it spends overall to maintain and support its school system. "Making the Grade" is a 2019 report compiled by the Education Law Center.

South Dakota's median household income of $56,521 was $3,800 lower than the median U.S. household income in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (commondreams.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Starting on Jan. 1, South Dakota's minimum wage will increase 20 cents - from $9.10 to $9.30 an hour. At the same time, research shows that in almost every state, a worker now needs to earn more than $15 an hour to make ends meet. Amy Glasmeier, a professor of economic geo

Research suggests detention of juveniles can increase the likelihood that they will commit another crime. (aclu.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In the past six years, the youth detention population in South Dakota has decreased significantly and the number of juveniles committed to the Department of Corrections has decreased by 65%. The reduction is a result of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, adop

South Dakota schools are required by law to have a bullying policy that defines the behavior and outlines procedure to report it. (geralt/Pixaby)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Bullying once was viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but now it is recognized as having lifelong implications for physical and mental health. Since 2006, October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Edu

Approximately 11.4% of South Dakota's population consistently struggles with food insecurity, meaning they don't always know where their next meal is coming from. (hungertaskforce.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Organizations that help feed hungry South Dakotans are concerned their supplies will run short this holiday season unless individuals and civic groups step forward to help. The group Feeding South Dakota has encouraged earlier-than-usual food drives because unexpected events, pa

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