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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - SD: Poverty Issues

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

The organization Feeding South Dakota is trying mobile food pantries this summer to reach more rural South Dakotans. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

PIERRE, S.D. – Although the number of South Dakotans considered "food insecure" has fallen slightly this year, nearly one in eight still isn't sure where their next meal is coming from. According to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report, large numbers of South Dakota children are at ri

Children at M&M Day Care in Huron are among those benefiting from the use of early childhood education to integrate refugees from Myanmar into the community. (M&M Day Care)

HURON, S.D. – The small town of Huron in East Central South Dakota has become a heartwarming example of how early childhood education can bring a community together. Nearly a decade ago, Dakota Provisions began recruiting refugees from Myanmar to work in its turkey processing plant in Huron.

People are still able to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and a deadline for coverage is fast approaching. (healthcare.gov)

YANKTON, S.D. -- Republicans in Congress are going all-out to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But it hasn't happened yet, and coverage is still available - but enrollment deadlines are coming up fast. People interested in signing up for health insurance that starts March 1 have to hurry, the sign-

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1. (Jerry Oster)

LAKE ANDES, S.D. — The signup for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act opening on November 1st, but there are still a lot of unknowns. Alexa Raymond is a navigator with the Rural Office of Community Services in Lake Andes. "At this point we do not have a provider list available

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

New data shows hundreds of South Dakotans have recently fallen victim to identity theft scams, and consumer watchdogs are trying to help. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. — New data shows South Dakota reported fewer fraud complaints than almost every other state, but thousands of local residents are still falling victim to scams. According to AARP's Fraud Watch Network, South Dakota ranks 49th in the nation for fraud complaints, but in 2014, near

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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