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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - SD: Youth

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

More than one in four U.S. high school students surveyed said they used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, with the “overwhelming majority” choosing fruit and menthol or mint flavors, according to the CDC. (Krystian-Graba/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota's state epidemiologist says he supports a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, a proposal the Trump administration said this week that it's considering. Dr. Joshua Clayton says many people think e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes, even though long-term h

Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and left untreated costs the economy $200 billion every year. (Engin_Akyurt/Pixabay)<br />

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Studies show that more than 43 million Americans suffer from mental illness, but less than half - 43% - receive treatment. May is Mental Health Month, and professionals in the field say it's a good opportunity to have hard conversations. Wendy Giebink, executive director

South Dakota Teacher of the Year Erica Boomsma is among 10,000 public school educators being recognized as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. (South Dakota Dept. of Education)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Teaching is often called the toughest job in the world. In addition to educating a diverse classroom, teachers are role models and mentors while still making education fun – and this is the week to thank them. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but in any school year

A South Dakota task force estimated that 73 percent of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year, and 45 percent do not tell anyone for at least five years. (embraceadoption.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Communities across South Dakota are encouraged to raise awareness about child abuse during April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, by holding events that provide education and support. The most recent data shows that South Dakota had 16,000 referrals for child abus

Homicide is the third-leading cause of death for Native American and indigenous Alaskan women ages 10-24, and the fifth-leading cause for women ages 25-34. (LorieShaull/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Murder rates for Native American women in some U.S. counties can be 10 times higher than the national average for all races, and legislation at the State Capitol could help create a database to track the issue. Rep. Tamara St. John is co-sponsoring Senate Bill 164. It directs

Nearly 90,000 South Dakotans received SNAP benefits in Nov. 2018, according to the South Dakota Department of Social Services. (nokidhungry.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new report shows more South Dakotans are relying on safety-net programs that help lower-income families. South Dakota's KIDS COUNT and the University of South Dakota's Public Health Programs analyzed enrollment for health and social-service programs since the Great Rece

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