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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: Criminal Justice

Hospitals in South Dakota and across the country face a shortage of beds for people experiencing mental health crises. (SilasCamargo/Pixabay)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota is one of five states where state law says people experiencing a mental health crisis can be held in a correctional facility. Advocates for people with mental health issues call that a big problem. John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center,

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

A 3-year-old boy in Pierre was forcibly catheterized in order to get a urine sample from him. (BENCHAMAT1234/iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The forced catheterization of a 3-year-old boy in Pierre has left the child in pain and his family with many unanswered legal questions. Weeks after sending a letter to the Department of Social Services, the ACLU of South Dakota still has not received justification for the agency's u

Advocates for survivors of sexual assault say South Dakota's rape kit testing law falls short by not requiring the state to find out exactly how many kits are sitting untested. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's new rape kit testing law is now in effect, but a sexual assault victims' group argues it may not go far enough to tackle the state's backlog. Currently, only about 350 untested rape kits are accounted for in South Dakota. Researchers at the Joyful Heart Foundation, ho

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

Two South Dakota companies and the city of Sioux Falls are being honored for helping employees work out at the workplace. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Two South Dakota companies and a city are being honored today for taking steps to become some of the healthiest workplaces in the state. The American Heart Association is designating Avera Health and Dakotacare as platinum level fit friendly workplaces, while the City of Sioux Falls

While scams have been around for years, there is very little public information on how to avoid getting ripped off. Picture by Jerry Oster.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For more than four decades, Frank Abagnale, a former con artist, has advised the FBI and other law enforcement agencies on how to outsmart con artists. He now has joined the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help consumers avoid getting ripped off. Abagnale says honest people get scam

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows a major change in the number of young people behind bars.

VERMILLION, S.D. - A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows a major change in the number of young people behind bars - but in South Dakota it's a different story. The rate of youth confinement dropped by 41 percent nationally from 1995 to 2010, the report said, from 381 per 100,000 you

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