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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - North Dakota

PHOTO: Holiday gatherings in the movies may be fun and meaningful, but for many families, that just isn't the case. Experts suggest some positive alternatives to overeating and drinking too much. Photo credit: Robb1e/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelings ...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: This is the final day for enrollment for those North Dakotans who want a health insurance policy through the Affordable Care Act beginning Jan. 1. Photo credit: Jennifer Morrow/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The deadline is just hours away for those North Dakotans who want to start the new year with new health-insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. For policies to take effect Jan. 1, today is the last day for residents to enroll. Most can get help with the cost...Read More

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PHOTO: Toy guns are most often cited when it comes to toys and childhood eye injuries in the United States. Photo credit: Mickey and Marcia Faulkner/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As parents across North Dakota go in search of the perfect gifts for their kids with Christmas just a couple weeks away, they're being reminded that some gifts that can bring joy may also bring pain. Thousands of accidents involving children and toys that result in eye injuries and...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: A new report finds the amount of gas drilled on federal leases in North Dakota that's royalty-free, consumed or flared by operators, is equal to more than 40 percent of the total volume sold. Photo credit: Merlin/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The state's natural gas and oil boom is bringing in the dollars, but a new report says North Dakota and the nation are missing out on millions due to decades-old rules for drilling on federal lands. Ryan Alexander, president with Taxpayers for Common Sense, says their study found $3...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. The best way to cut down on the garbage generated over this time and year-round is what Leslie Irlbeck, program and outre...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: This sculpture represents awareness of HIV/AIDS. The North Dakota Department of Health is seeing a rising number of HIV/AIDS cases, affecting all areas of the state. Photo credit: Jayel Aheram/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today marks the observance of World AIDS Day, and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns about AIDS in North Dakota. Lindsey VanderBusch, manager of the HIV/STD/Hepatitis/TB program for the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health, says...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: The turkey is done, but the traveling is not, as folks across North Dakota and the country are boarding planes this weekend to get back and forth to gatherings with friends and family. Photo credit: lkarasawa/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend is one of the busiest of the year at airports across the country, and while the thought of delays or lost bags may be stressful, airline passengers can take comfort in knowing they do have some protections under the law. Abe Scarr with the Public Interest Resear...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in full force today, hoping the added visibility will be a reminder for motorists to stay safe over the holidays. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is traditionally one of the busiest travel days in North Dakota, and those hitting the roads for Thanksgiving can expect to see plenty of law enforcement keeping it safe along the way. Lieutenant Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says they'll be conducting a sta...Read More

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