PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 

Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Researchers say while South Dakota has made big improvements, the state could do more to help children stay safe and educated. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota recently was ranked one of the most-improved states for children’s well-being, but researchers are laying out ways the state could do better. After looking over the latest >Kids Count Data Book, experts are suggesting several key areas where the state could

With Gov. Dennis Daugaard's approval now official, South Dakota teachers are expected to see pay raises starting this fall. (South Dakota Education Association)

PIERRE, S.D. - Now that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved a package of laws to raise South Dakota's lowest-in-the-nation teacher pay, educators say they're starting work on rolling out the changes. The new laws include a half-cent sales tax increase that will go toward raising teacher salaries to m

A package of bills aimed at helping South Dakota's Native American students is heading to the House after earning bipartisan support in the Senate. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The educational achievement gap for Native American students is a step closer to becoming history in South Dakota. Late last week, a pair of bills earned bipartisan approval in the state Senate. One would fund grants to set up three Native American achievement schools, the other wou

South Dakota's largest teachers union supports Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan for raising the state sales tax to boost teacher pay. (iStock)

PIERRE, S.D. - In the wake of a proposal to improve South Dakota's lowest-in-the-nation teacher pay, teachers groups are continuing to talk with lawmakers about what that could look like. The state's largest teachers union is backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan for a half-cent sales tax increase t

VERMILLION, S.D. - Reading scores for South Dakota's fourth-graders have gone down slightly over the last 10 years, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The results also showed that lower-income students are falling further behind. Carole Cochran, director of South Dakota K

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The leadership is changing for the state's leading children's advocacy group as it faces a big new fund-raising task. Dr. Susan Randall is stepping down as executive director of South Dakota Voices for Children. She began as the group's single, part-time employee in 1999, and is

YANKTON, S.D. - At a series of meetings being held around the state, representatives from South Dakota Kids Count, South Dakota Voices for Children and the South Dakota Afterschool Partnership share information about the status of children in the state. Voices for Children executive director Dr. S

PIERRE, S.D. - A bill that would tighten the rules for some home-based child-care businesses in South Dakota will be up for a hearing Wednesday in the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Its sponsor, Senator Larry Tidemann of Brookings, says there have too many reports of problems in n

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