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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 


Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - SD: Consumer

In addition to closed visitor centers, all interpretive programs at Badlands National Park are canceled amid the coronavirus. However, roads and trails are still open. (Adobe Stock)

KEYSTONE, S.D. - The National Park Service has closed or restricted access at several sites, including in South Dakota, because of the coronavirus. However, a decision to waive entrance fees at some parks isn't sitting well with employees. The Interior Department says the move will make it easier

South Dakota residents drive across time zones to the state's largest cities, with Sioux Falls on Central time and Rapid City in the Mountain time zone. (enddistracteddriving.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Love "Daylight Saving Time" or hate it, a new study shows the annual transition boosts traffic accidents due to sleep deprivation and disturbed circadian rhythm. South Dakota lawmakers considered a bill this session to permanently move the clock ahead -- legislation also introdu

The historic 1880s Grist Mlll in Milbank, S.D., was completely reconstructed in 2009. (Flickr) <br />

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - In 10 years, one in five Americans will be 65 or older - and urban or rural, they want a livable community. The town of Milbank in northeast South Dakota is eager to be one of those places. Milbank is inducted into the AARP network of "Age Friendly" communities today, joining S

About 80% of the 24 million American households that do not have reliable, affordable high-speed internet are in rural areas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AARP.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Older adults in South Dakota want a level playing field with other states when it comes to high-speed internet service, according to a new study. AARP surveyed voters ages 50 and older to find how often they use the internet and how important they think it is to expand high-spe

Beef is the most imported meat in the United States, with about 3 billion pounds produced annually. (shutterbug75/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - If you're someone who wants to know whether the beef or pork you're eating is a product of the USA, the new USMCA trade agreement won't be much help. Bill Bullard leads the R-CALF trade association and said "country-of-origin labeling" is required for chicken and lamb, but simil

Flooding across the Midwest in 2019 made this year's corn planting the longest delayed in U.S. history. (farmbureau.org)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With 2020 just around the corner, farmers across the Midwest hope Mother Nature and economic conditions will bring relief by spring. The American Farm Bureau says South Dakota reported 13 farm bankruptcies in a 12-month period ending in September, compared with two in the

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

Nearly 80% of all U.S. military veterans have been targeted by scammers, according to AARP. (Vadim2406/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Military veterans are gathering across the country for ceremonies that honor their service, but scam artists may use the occasion to rob veterans of their savings. According to an AARP survey, 16% of U.S. military veterans have lost money to fraudsters, while 72% have bee

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