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PNS Weekend Newscast - July 22nd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - SD: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

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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