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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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A parasite known as cryptosporidium, or

PIERRE, S.D. – A parasite that causes an uncomfortable illness is on the rise as summer unofficially begins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning about crypto – short for cryptosporidiosis. It infects the intestines and stomach, causing cramps, diarrhea and

Shredding outdated documents is the best way to ensure scammers can't use sensitive information on them. (stux/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – This week is Money Smart Week, and AARP wants South Dakotans to be aware of ways they can protect their money from scammers and identity thieves. Across the nation, identity theft is so prevalent that someone has his or her identity stolen every two seconds. That's why AARP So

A bill in the South Dakota Legislature could expand the number of nurse practitioners and midwives working in rural parts of the state. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. -- A bill that could expand the scope of services from nurse practitioners and nurse midwives has made it halfway through the South Dakota Legislature. Senate Bill 61 would allow the state Board of Nursing to license nurse practitioners. Its sponsor, Sen. Deb Soholt of Sioux Falls, sa

AARP is trying to head off possible changes to Medicare. (medicare.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Despite campaign pledges made by now President Trump, there is concern that some in Congress may move to change Medicare to a voucher-based system. AARP is launching a campaign to protect the program. Erik Gaikowski, the state director of AARP in South Dakota, says that w

Sign up is now underway for changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. (Medicare.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Now is the time for senior citizens to review their Medicare Part D coverage and make changes as necessary. Medicare Part D provides prescription drug benefits to those who qualify. Erik Gaikowski, director of AARP South Dakota, said this open enrollment period is a good time

Sioux Falls gets high marks for livability from its residents over age 50 in a new survey. (Wikimedia Commons)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A new survey shows that older residents of Sioux Falls find it a desirable place to live, and they want to stay in their homes as long as possible. In the survey, sponsored by AARP South Dakota, 81 percent of respondents - all age 50 or older - said they own their homes,

This first political forums of the season will be held this week. Photo by Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – AARP- South Dakota will sponsor candidate debates and bipartisan issue forums in October to help voters make informed decisions at the polls on Nov. 8. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air the debates and forums as part of "South Dakota Focus," a public affairs and n

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging families to create a disaster kit and emergency plan. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. — September is National Preparedness Month, and South Dakota safety advocates are urging residents to make plans in case of emergencies such as natural disasters. Safety experts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency remind people to buy or put together an emergency supply k

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