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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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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

A move to bring nonpartisan elections to South Dakota is gaining support from local advocacy groups. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to bring nonpartisan elections to South Dakota is gaining support. On the November general election ballot, state voters will decide whether or not to pass Amendment V, which would remove party-label requirements for voting in the June primaries. This month, the League of Women

Hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans could see a sharp decline in Social Security benefits, if changes to the program aren't made soon. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. — As the November election draws ever closer, South Dakota groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security. The system faces growing solvency challenges as more Baby Boomers reach retirement age. According to AARP, if no changes are

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

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

Consumer protection experts will be helping South Dakotans avoid internet scams through a series of free statewide educational meetings this summer. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - School may be out for summer, but starting this week older South Dakotans are being encouraged to continue their education on frauds and scams. The state's AARP is hosting nine Fraud Watch Network meetings across the state through August. The idea is to help South Dakotans better p

New research puts South Dakota as the second-best state in the nation for young adults just starting their careers. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota is near the top of the pack as a great place for millennials to live, according to new research by state. For adults ages 20 to 24, South Dakota is ranked second only to North Dakota by the personal finance website MoneyRates.com, as one of the most attractive states fo

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