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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - SD: Budget Policy & Priorities

South Dakota is using $1 million from a federal grant to tear down dilapidated buildings and make way for housing. (Jnzl's Photos/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is offering a new solution to the state's workplace housing shortage. It’s a program called Bulldoze, Build and Beautify. State officials say they've identified about 3,000 dilapidated structures across South Dakota that could be demolished and the property

A report from the Congressional Budget Office says 23 million fewer Americans could have health coverage by 2026 under the American Health Care Act. (sasint/Pixabay)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - AARP representatives from South Dakota and across the country are to converge on the nation's capital next week to meet with members of Congress and express their opposition to the GOP's latest health-care bill on behalf of Americans age 50 and older. The House version of the Am

South Dakota is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool education. (LucÚlia Ribeiro/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although two pieces of legislation on early childhood education were deferred to the 41st legislative day, South Dakota advocates for young children say they're optimistic because the topic is now on the table. Senate Bills 155 and 156 would have established an early-childhood

South Dakota teachers are hitting retirement age faster than young teachers can be recruited. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. -- A sales tax increase passed by the Legislature in 2016 gave South Dakota teachers substantial raises. That in turn helped schools recruit the teachers they needed to fill vacancies. Now, a report from the state Department of Education shows most of the state's teachers are nearing re

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

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

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