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PNS Daily News - August 23, 2017 


Chaos expected as the President visits Nevada; New York teachers speak out about standardized test scores; and Illinois lawmakers take on gender-based price discrepancies. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - SD: Urban Planning/Transportation

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

Between 2000 and 2013, the number of bicycle commuters grew by 62 percent across the United States, according to the League of American Bicyclists. (Richard Masoner/Flickr)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakotans are putting the finishing touches on their bicycles in preparation for Bike-to-Work Day on Friday. Every year in May, communities across the country celebrate biking to the workplace to promote safety for cyclists. Kerrie Vilhauer , a member of the Falls

Airplanes are expected to emit 43 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas pollution by 2050 if no action is taken. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. — CONCORD, N.H. — Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines endanger public health and welfare, according to new findings from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The "endangerment finding" report documented the magnitude of a problem that environmentalists hav

Bike safety groups want South Dakota lawmakers to consider new safety rules for all modes of transportation, not just cars. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – Some South Dakota bicyclists could face 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if a bill being considered today becomes law. The state's House Transportation Committee is scheduled to look over HB 1073. It would require that slow moving riders get off their bikes to make room for fas

New South Dakota law says drivers must give bicyclists a safety buffer of three to six feet, depending on the speed limit on the road. Credit: Jerry Oster

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new law goes into effect today in South Dakota that should make it easier for people to get out and about on their bicycles. Michael Christensen, an advocacy committee volunteer with the American Heart Association, says the law should make it easier for bikers to use public st

Rural areas need more options for public transit, and an expanded federal program might help.  Photo credit: Bill Davenport

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held in South Dakota last week focused on public transit needs, especially in rural areas. U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota chairs the committee, and was one of the sponsors of the "Mo

PHOTO: Access to transportation in rural areas is an issue for seniors.

PIERRE, S. D. – Rural areas of South Dakota present unique challenges, especially to older citizens who need to travel for vital services. This week, several members of AARP's National Policy Council (NPC) have been in the state, looking at the issue and working to craft solutions. While the

PIERRE, S. D. – The new year brings a leadership change to AARP-South Dakota. Pat Gross completed his six-year term as the organization's volunteer president, and Dennis Eisnach will take his spot. Eisnach previously served on the AARP national and state councils, is a former superintendent o

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