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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: Consumer Issues

In phishing scams, a person pretends to be from a reputable institution in an email in order to steal personal information. (aitoff/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and AARP South Dakota's Fraud Watch Network is offering a few tips for staying safe online. First, create strong passwords and change them often, preferably every three months on sensitive accounts. Using phrases instead of something l

Nearly 70 percent of South Dakota enrollees in Medicaid and CHIP are children. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota and the rest of the country saw the number of uninsured children drop to historic lows in 2016, according to a new report. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found fewer than 5 percent of children nationwide are uninsured. In South Dakota

Bugs such as the beetle are integral to rejuvenating soil, also making them vital to people who work the land. (miss Murasaki/Flickr)

PIERRE, S.D. – Insects don't get the respect they deserve, but author David MacNeal is highlighting their importance and diversity in his new book, "Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed with Them." MacNeal says bugs aren't living in our world – we're living in

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

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

More than three-quarters of South Dakota counties are in some stage of drought and the rest are considered

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakotans have seen their crops turn to dust this summer as the state suffers from the worst drought in the nation. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 80 percent of counties are in some stage of drought, and 15 percent are experiencing extreme drought, hitting far

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

Shredding outdated documents is the best way to ensure scammers can't use sensitive information on them. (stux/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – This week is Money Smart Week, and AARP wants South Dakotans to be aware of ways they can protect their money from scammers and identity thieves. Across the nation, identity theft is so prevalent that someone has his or her identity stolen every two seconds. That's why AARP So

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