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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - SD: Youth Issues

Opponents say the so-called school choice movement will divert money from public schools. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota public school boosters have the policy known as school choice, and its potential expansion, on their radar screens and are gearing up to push back in the upcoming legislative session. Since assuming office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made a big push

Research has shown that positive approaches to youth crime are more effective than punitive measures such as prison at treating kids. (State Farm/Flickr)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The annual Racial and Ethnic Fairness Conference is taking place in Sioux Falls today, addressing disparities in the juvenile justice system and how to better treat youth in the system. The keynote speaker is retired professor Doctor Martin Brokenleg, who is speaking abou

South Dakota ranks 21st for child well-being, according to a report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Craig Springer/USFWS)

PIERRE, S.D. – What would it take to make South Dakota the best state for children? The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual data book measures child well-being in four areas: economic well-being, health, education, and family and community. And a new report from South Dakota KIDS COUNT crunc

A parasite known as cryptosporidium, or

PIERRE, S.D. – A parasite that causes an uncomfortable illness is on the rise as summer unofficially begins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning about crypto – short for cryptosporidiosis. It infects the intestines and stomach, causing cramps, diarrhea and

A bill introduced into the South Dakota Legislature would mandate CPR training in state high schools.

PIERRE, S.D. – A bill just introduced in the South Dakota Legislature on behalf of the American Heart Association would add CPR training as a requirement for high-school students. Senate Bill 140 is co-sponsored by 12 senators and 10 representatives. A similar bill was introduced in 2014, but

SDEA President Mary McCorkle has spent this American Education Week visiting schools around the state. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. – More than 134,000 students attend South Dakota public schools in 170 districts, and Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, has been visiting many of them across the state this week, as part of American Education Week. She said this is a time to celeb

South Dakota students and teachers fared well in the latest statewide assessment, known as STARS. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. – The STARS are aligning for South Dakota teachers and their students, in the form of an updated school assessment, known as the Student Teacher Accountability and Reporting System, or STARS. The updated academic assessments show more students and schools making progress, and mor

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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