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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - SD: Housing/Homelessness

Whether it's health care costs, paying monthly bills or outliving savings, more women than men report being very concerned, according to the National Council on Aging. (brenkee/pixabay)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota consistently ranks in the top 10 states where the population of those retirement age and older is growing, and more women than men are worried about running out of money. South Dakota adults ages 65 and older account for 16.3% of the population, up two percen

The review website Senior List ranks South Dakota in third place, behind Iowa and Nebraska, among the safest states for older people. (Pixabay/cnort)<br />

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Large or small, urban or rural, any community can strive to be more livable – and for the third year, AARP South Dakota is offering grants to help them achieve those goals. The grants are given for quick action projects through AARP's Community Challenge Grant initi

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SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their own homes as they age, and a new handbook can help make those homes safer and more comfortable for older individuals. AARP has introduced its HomeFit Guide, full of tips for making a home as functional as possibl

Turning down the thermostat even a degree or two can save South Dakotans money on their energy bills this winter. (midnightcomm/Flickr)

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PIERRE, S.D. – Nobody wants to get a chill when they look at their energy bill this winter. The cold season officially started Thursday, but South Dakotans already are feeling the brisk temperatures. While it may be too late to do any major overhauls to the home, Ian Andrew, editor of the en

South Dakota is using $1 million from a federal grant to tear down dilapidated buildings and make way for housing. (Jnzl's Photos/Flickr)

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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

New research puts South Dakota as the second-best state in the nation for young adults just starting their careers. (iStockphoto)

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PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota is near the top of the pack as a great place for millennials to live, according to new research by state. For adults ages 20 to 24, South Dakota is ranked second only to North Dakota by the personal finance website MoneyRates.com, as one of the most attractive states fo

About 39,000 South Dakota children, or 18 percent, live in homes that may not have enough money to keep food on the table. (iStockphoto)

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PIERRE, S.D. - More than 105,000 South Dakotans do not have access to enough food, according to new research that includes about 39,000 kids. This year's Map the Meal Gap report shows that across the state children are at a higher risk of food insecurity than any other age group. Kerri DeGraff,

Raising money to increase teacher pay is the reason for legislation scheduled for a vote today at the South Dakota Legislature. (iStockphoto)

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PIERRE, S.D. - A move to turn around South Dakota's worst-in-the-nation teacher pay could come up for a vote with state lawmakers today. The bill includes a sales tax hike and a property tax reduction. Joy Smolnisky, executive director with the South Dakota Budget and Policy Institute, says for mi

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