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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - SD: Mental Health

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

New research shows that states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing financial and health benefits across their health care systems. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Unlike South Dakota, states that have expanded Medicaid coverage are seeing benefits across their health care systems, according to a new report. After looking at safety net hospitals and clinics in seven states, researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Familie

Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are for the most part receiving the same access to care as their non-native counterparts, according to new data. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Native American children with special needs in South Dakota are largely faring as well as their non-native counterparts, according to a new report. But the data in the latest South Dakota Kids Count issue brief show there's room for improvement. Lisa Sanderson, associate director

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

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