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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

South Dakota

According to South Dakota Health Department data, WIC provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling for more than 13,000 participants, including 1,600 pregnant and postpartum individuals. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

SD boosts outreach for WIC participation

South Dakota health leaders have said it can be a challenge to reach people eligible for a long-standing nutrition assistance program for at-risk new …

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Policy analysts say if retail chains flood too many small towns, pushing out Main Street businesses in the process, these communities could lose tourists seeking the local charm of places like boutiques and independent bookstores. (Adobe Stock)
Rural Advocates Want Less Corporate Retail in SD's Small Towns

Travel through rural parts of South Dakota and chances are you will pass a "dollar store". A new report says corporate retailers have too big a …

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Federal health officials say people living with dementia often receive fragmented care, making it harder on both the patient and their caregiver as they try to manage their needs. (Adobe Stock)
Streamlining Care for Alzheimer's Patients

This fall, a key federal agency will open up applications for providers who want to join a nationwide model to improve Alzheimer's care. South Dakota …

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Environmental groups note that runoff from factory farms can result in nitrate pollution in nearby rivers and streams. (Adobe Stock)
EPA Decision on Factory Farms Criticized by Clean-Water Advocates

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will hold off on imposing new regulations dealing with factory farms amid concerns about their li…

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Health and environmental experts say even just low-level exposure to lead in drinking water can negatively affect a child's development. (Adobe Stock)
Education, Environmental Groups Press for Safe Drinking Water in Schools

With kids in South Dakota and around the nation back in school, the issue of whether all students and staff have access to safe drinking water …

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An upcoming event in South Dakota, centered around food sovereignty, aims to help Native American chefs, community leaders and others share traditional and modern ideas about expanding food systems. (Adobe Stock)
SD Summit: Creating More Pathways for Indigenous Food Sovereignty

As food-sovereignty efforts continue among Native American tribes, a South Dakota organization is bringing together stakeholders for a key …

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A recent survey from the American Bar Association found most respondents want elected leaders who are willing to compromise, but not on specific issues. (Adobe Stock)
National Civility Month: Can a Respectful Tone Ever Return to Politics?

August is National Civility Month, and finding common ground in politics without name-calling might seem like an insurmountable task. A South Dakota …

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Associations for Community Health Centers say if Congress does not extend federal funding, nearly seven million patients around the United States could lose access to primary care. (Adobe Stock)
Community Health Centers Juggle Demand, Operational Headwinds

This week is National Health Center Week. The facilities help to close care gaps in underserved communities, and regional and national leaders hope …

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Above is the proposed map from Navigator CO2 to construct a multistate pipeline in the Midwest. The company wants to move carbon dioxide from agricultural sites and store it underground in Illinois. (Courtesy of Navigator)
Like Neighboring States, Carbon Pipeline Scrutiny Ramps Up in SD

This month and next, South Dakota regulators are holding hearings about proposed underground pipelines which would carry carbon dioxide for …

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In South Dakota, Levitt at the Falls says it has offered shows dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities. This weekend, music will highlight the culture of the Kunama people from Africa. (Photo courtesy of Levitt organization)
Ethnic Group Hopes SD Music Event Elevates Its Community Profile

South Dakota is among the states that have received the most refugees, per capita, in the past decade. This weekend, a specific group of New …

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In 2020, the University of South Dakota became the latest academic institution to develop a graduate-level studies program, inspired by the Zero Abuse Project, that gives students a more realistic experience in responding to child maltreatment cases. (Adobe Stock)
SD Sees Progress in Boosting Training for Child-Abuse Case Workers

A South Dakota academic program that enhances training for those who respond to child abuse and neglect cases is gaining momentum. In the past …

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While inflation has eased, consumer advocates say certain food costs, for such staples as bread, remain high. (Adobe Stock)
SD Among States Working with Feds on Food Price Crackdown

South Dakota is part of a bipartisan effort among law enforcement leaders around the U.S. to crack down on anti-trust activity within the nation's …

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