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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


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The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - SD: Criminal Justice

If South Dakota's attorney general is removed from office, it would be the first time in state history that a state official would be impeached. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Government accountability is part of the debate surrounding South Dakota's attorney general, who faces pressure to resign over a fatal crash, but a political expert said with conflicting actions, it's hard for the public to know whether its best interests are being served. Many lawm

South Dakota is one of 25 states that still allow the death penalty. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Senate has rejected a measure that would have limited the scope of the death penalty. Supporters felt the latest version would have appealed to most lawmakers, but opponents raised longstanding arguments about seeking justice for victims. The measure, which cleared

According to a recently approved settlement, five people will each get between $75,000 and $99,000 for unlawful drug testing ordered by a handful of law-enforcement agencies in South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A settlement tied to claims of unlawful drug tests issued by several South Dakota law-enforcement agencies has won approval in federal court. The judge ruled more than $400,000 will be split among those who were the subject of forced catheterizations after they were suspected of

A number of states surrounding South Dakota -- including Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana -- have legalized marijuana in some form, while others, like Iowa and Nebraska, have not. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Those who support a pair of marijuana ballot measures in South Dakota are asking residents to get behind the initiatives when they cast their ballots this fall. Marijuana-related issues will be prominently featured on the November ballot, with one asking to legalize the drug fo

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Justice Alternatives Initiative, more than 200,000 young people a year are admitted to detention facilities in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- A downward trend in juvenile-detention populations during the pandemic is renewing hopes among reform advocates. The numbers are reflected in a national survey that reached out to agencies in 30 states, including South Dakota. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report sho

The Sioux Falls Police Department hopes people file more reports online so that officers can avoid spreading the new coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The spread of the coronavirus is changing how some police agencies deal with calls for service, including departments in South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, police are being asked to issue citations instead of making arrests for low-level crimes. Police Chief Matt Burns said people n

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

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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

The South Dakota Legislature has so far rejected proposals to ban death sentences for people with serious mental illnesses. (worldcoalitionagainstthedeathpenalty.org)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could impact a South Dakota case that shocked the Sioux Falls community in 2016. This month, the high court justices heard arguments in Kahler v. Kansas, a case that could determine the constitutionality of the insanity defense. South

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