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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown; a new poll has Americans turning thumbs down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - SD: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Research has shown that positive approaches to youth crime are more effective than punitive measures such as prison at treating kids. (State Farm/Flickr)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The annual Racial and Ethnic Fairness Conference is taking place in Sioux Falls today, addressing disparities in the juvenile justice system and how to better treat youth in the system. The keynote speaker is retired professor Doctor Martin Brokenleg, who is speaking abou

The group Indivisible Rapid City is protesting an event sponsored by the anti-Muslim group Act for America. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Republican Party in Rapid City is sponsoring an event Thursday focusing on the threat from Islamic terrorism, but there is concern the group in charge is stirring up animosity toward Muslims. That group, Understanding the Threat, calls itself an operational training an

Thousands of South Dakota prisoners are living with disabilities, and advocates say the state is making positive moves to help returning citizens reintegrate into society. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – A new report shows that 32 percent of inmates in federal prisons and 40 percent of people in jails have at least one disability. The study from the disability advocacy group RespectAbility says any effort at prison reform needs to take that reality into account. And one area

Advocates for survivors of sexual assault say South Dakota's rape kit testing law falls short by not requiring the state to find out exactly how many kits are sitting untested. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new rape kit testing law is now in effect, but a sexual assault victims' group argues it may not go far enough to tackle the state's backlog. Currently, only about 350 untested rape kits are accounted for in South Dakota. Researchers at the Joyful Heart Foundation, ho

Death penalty opponents hold a vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Good Friday. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A group of death penalty opponents is holding a Good Friday vigil to protest the use of capital punishment in South Dakota. The group is having its 19th annual prayer service outside the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the only prison in the state where executio

A gay rights group will rally this weekend in support of South Dakota's transgender community. (Black Hills Center for Equality)

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As South Dakota lawmakers consider several bills aimed at transgender issues, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are set to rally in Rapid City this weekend. Education, not legislation - that's what the group argues will help change minds regarding transg

South Dakota lawmakers are considering several bills that civil rights advocates say unfairly target transgender people. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Civil rights advocates say South Dakota is poised to become one of the worst states in the nation for transgender people. On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved a measure that would prohibit the state from recognizing a transgender person's stated identity. Advocates for that b

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

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