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    PNS Daily News - July 2, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the U.S. Supreme Court delays a Texas law that would have closed many of the state’s clinics that perform abortions, and the EPA says it will ban a pesticide which has been linked to ADHD, reduced IQ and other health conditions; and a report on the climate-driven rise in ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the threat of potentially deadly insect-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease and the West Nile virus.

Public News Service - North Dakota

PHOTO: North Dakota has a new website and phone hotline (1-855-462-5465) for people to anonymously report suspected cases of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults. Photo credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the population of North Dakota growing older, the state is taking more action to help better protect the also-growing number of elderly and vulnerable adults subject to possible abuse, neglect and exploitation. The North Dakota Department of Human Services today launches a ne...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: People across North Dakota are being urged to use caution when celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks to avoid becoming among the thousands injured nationwide each year. Photo credit: Jeff Meyer/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, those North Dakotans who will be celebrating America's independence with fireworks are being reminded of the dangers to people and property. State Fire Marshal Raymond Lambert says while fireworks can be a fun way to mark the holiday, th...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: Good news for the thousands of North Dakotans who rely on tax credits to help pay for their health-care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of the subsidies with a 6-3 decision in the landmark case of King vs. Burwell. Photo credit: Jeff Kubina/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Saying that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health-insurance markets, not destroy them, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies available to those in North Dakota and across the nation for plans available through the federal marketplaces. Among those appl...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: Over 50 percent of working Americans have some type of retirement plan through their employers, but many of them might need help navigating the rules. Many also want to know if they can retire early. The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project is helping North Dakotans with questions. Photo credit: taxcredits.net/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – More than 50 percent of working Americans have some kind of retirement plan through their employer, whether a 401k or another type, that will help them pay for their later years. But many people don't completely understand how their plan and any associated benefits work. ...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: About a dozen cities, water-quality and conservation groups have joined forces to challenge part of the new federal Transportation Department safety rules for oil shipments by rail. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flikckr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Transportation faces a legal challenge that claims new rules proposed for oil trains to protect those in North Dakota and nationwide who live along routes don't do enough. The law firm Earthjustice is representing the groups that filed the administrati...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: All schools in North Dakota now have been certified as meeting the latest national nutrition standards, and a new poll finds that healthier cafeteria meals are supported by a majority of North Dakota public school parents and voters alike. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The meals that North Dakota schoolchildren are being served are getting healthier, and a new poll shows that's exactly what a majority of residents across the state want. The survey by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that 90 percent of both North Dakota public school parents and voters...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: As North Dakota remains on high alert for new cases with the national outbreak of avian influenza, an expert on the issue says it was just a matter of time that the disease would spread. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in the United States - including North Dakota - was a surprise to many, but one expert says it was destined to happen. Robert Wallace, who has worked with the United Nations and the Centers...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: The influx of workers from the oil boom in western North Dakota has led to a rise in everything from commercial sex rings to drug smuggling, and a new multi-agency law enforcement effort looks to crack down on those serious crimes. Photo credit: madame.furie/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – A major crackdown on crime is coming to oil-rich western North Dakota with the creation of the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force. The effort is aimed at identifying, targeting and dismantling organized crime in the region, including drug and weapons smuggling, white collar...Read More

Public News Service - ND

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