PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - SD: Mental Health

The suicide rate for Native Americans in South Dakota is two times higher than the rate for Caucasians. (

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota has created a new toolkit to provide communities with better resources to address the growing number of suicides in the state. South Dakota had the 13th highest suicide rate in the U.S. in 2016, and it was the second leading cause of death among those age 15-

Of countries with at least 10 million people, only Yemen has more mass shootings per capita than the United States. (

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Standing room only is now the norm at meetings for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, following the school shooting that left 17 dead in Florida last month. The group, which has a South Dakota chapter, was started in 2012 by Shannon Watts, after 20 children and

Three people currently are on death row in South Dakota, but no execution dates have been set for them. (

PIERRE, S.D. – The severely mentally ill would not be executed for committing a capital crime in South Dakota if a bill is passed by the state legislature this year and becomes law. South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is behind the bill. The advocacy group's director, Dennis

Children who haven't experienced trauma have much better overall health outcomes throughout their lives. (Lars Ploughmann/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. — Childhood trauma affects a large number of children in South Dakota and nationwide. According to a new report, more than 45 percent of South Dakota children have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience - or ACE - including abuse, neglect or major household dysfunction. A

Hospitals in South Dakota and across the country face a shortage of beds for people experiencing mental health crises. (SilasCamargo/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of five states where state law says people experiencing a mental health crisis can be held in a correctional facility. Advocates for people with mental health issues call that a big problem. John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center,

The stigma associated with suicide is a major issue in South Dakota, which has the 7th-highest rate of suicide in the country. (Marie L./Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – This week is Suicide Prevention Week and one of the biggest fights in stopping these tragedies is confronting the stigma associated with it. Angela Drake, a board member of the South Dakota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says Midwesterners are peopl

There are 72,000 veterans in South Dakota. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

PIERRE, S.D. – Advocates are encouraging South Dakotans to think about veterans this Independence Day. The state has 66 county and tribal-service officers for vets spread across South Dakota that offer information, assistance, counseling and referrals on subjects such as benefits and veteran p

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

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