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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.


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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: Civic Engagement

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. One was for a medical cannabis program and the other was to legalize recreational use for those 21 and older. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Supporters of medical marijuana for South Dakota are trying to reach a compromise with Gov. Kristi Noem over an effort to delay implementation of such a program. Last fall, nearly 70% of voters approved having the state develop a medical cannabis system. On the same ballot, 54% endo

Advocates for boosting voter access in South Dakota were hoping an online registration system would pass in the current legislative session. But so far, only a watered-down version has advanced. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Senate could soon consider a bill concerning online voter registration, but the measure is a far cry from what advocates hoped for. Late last week, a Senate committee made changes to a measure that would have allowed creation of an online system for South Dakotans t

Last fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. One was for a medical cannabis program and the other was to legalize recreational use for those 21 and older. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Gov. Kristi Noem is getting involved in a legal challenge to the marijuana-legalization ballot initiative approved by South Dakota voters in November. A civil-rights group says the move adds to frustration being felt by voters in the current political environment. Last week, Noem i

This fall, South Dakota became the first state to endorse two marijuana ballot questions in the same election. However, there are still deep divisions over whether to move forward on legalizing the drug. (Adobe Stock)

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PIERRE, S.D. -- Questions remain about the future of recreational marijuana in South Dakota despite a constitutional amendment approved by voters. With Republicans still opposed, a political expert says their response might signal how other "red" states will deal with future scenarios. In November

According to some national polls, almost half of U.S. adults don't appear eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's available, mainly out of safety concerns. But health officials say some of these doses could be nearly 95% effective. (Adobe Stock)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Federal officials are working with drug companies on novel coronavirus vaccines, some of which could be available this month for groups prioritized for early rollouts. A South Dakota health-care group hopes underserved residents aren't overlooked, and urges patience. Yesterday,

President Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential race has led to concerns about people losing faith in democracy in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- Election officials across the U.S. say there's no evidence of illegal votes helping Joe Biden win the 2020 presidential race. But President Donald Trump and some of his allies are still claiming fraud. GOP Gov. Kristi Noem is a staunch Trump supporter and among those echoing sen

The fall election came amid a coronavirus surge in South Dakota, prompting election offices to keep extra masks handy and have hand-sanitizing stations in place, along with other measures. (Adobe Stock)

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MILBANK, S.D. -- Plastic barriers, extra hand sanitizer, safe distance reminders: Those are a few of the safety measures South Dakota voters may have observed on Election Day to protect them from COVID-19, and a local election official says some of those protections may never go away. Heading into

As COVID-19 ravages South Dakota, some medical groups have launched a campaign to promote mask wearing.  (Avera)

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - Calls have amplified for South Dakota to issue a statewide mask rule in light of surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As that debate plays out, some local governments have decided on mandates of their own - or are considering them. Throughout the pandemic, the City of Bro

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