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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Vigils will be held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monday is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a somber anniversary that recognizes transgender people who've lost their lives in the past year, including a South Dakota transgender woman murdered in January. The day of remembrance began in 1999 after the killing of a transgend

Dozens of women, including lawmakers, have spoken about sexual harassment in South Dakota's State Capitol. (James/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – As reports of sexual harassment come to light at South Dakota's State Capitol and other workplaces around the country, many people wonder what can be done to stop it. In an Argus Leader newspaper article, Samantha Spawn, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, spo

The group Indivisible Rapid City is protesting an event sponsored by the anti-Muslim group Act for America. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Republican Party in Rapid City is sponsoring an event Thursday focusing on the threat from Islamic terrorism, but there is concern the group in charge is stirring up animosity toward Muslims. That group, Understanding the Threat, calls itself an operational training an

Death penalty opponents hold a vigil at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Good Friday. (iStockphoto)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A group of death penalty opponents is holding a Good Friday vigil to protest the use of capital punishment in South Dakota. The group is having its 19th annual prayer service outside the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, the only prison in the state where executio

Most cases of elder abuse go unreported in South Dakota, and senior advocates are working with new laws to help change that. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Advocates for seniors are working to get the word out that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law new protections for victims of elder abuse. The state has adopted several recommendations from the Elder Abuse Task Force, including criminalizing emotional abuse against South Dakota'

A gay rights group will rally this weekend in support of South Dakota's transgender community. (Black Hills Center for Equality)

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As South Dakota lawmakers consider several bills aimed at transgender issues, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are set to rally in Rapid City this weekend. Education, not legislation - that's what the group argues will help change minds regarding transg

South Dakota lawmakers are considering several bills that civil rights advocates say unfairly target transgender people. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Civil rights advocates say South Dakota is poised to become one of the worst states in the nation for transgender people. On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved a measure that would prohibit the state from recognizing a transgender person's stated identity. Advocates for that b

Several South Dakota lawmakers want to make drug testing mandatory for people who apply for public benefits. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota residents who apply for public assistance programs would have to pass a drug test before receiving help, such as food stamps, if new legislation passes. Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto introduced the bill late last week. She says the idea is to ensure that Sou

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