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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - North Dakota

PHOTO: The tax filing deadline has arrived, and that means a federal income tax bill of more than $14,000 for the average North Dakota taxpayer. Photo credit:

BISMARCK, N.D. - Taxes are on the minds of many North Dakotans with today's tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars go. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and research director Lindsay Koshgarian said out of every federal income t...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: Healthy workers are happier and more productive, and a new set of recommendations from the American Heart Association gives companies in North Dakota guidelines on how to best design and measure workplace wellness plans. Photo credit: Reyner Media/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the number of North Dakota businesses with workplace wellness plans continues to grow, a new set of recommendations has been released aimed at fulfilling the true potential of such programs. The guidelines from the American Heart Association address gaps in common standards on t...Read More

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PHOTO: It may seem like a good deal, but the North Dakota health officials say car seats should not be purchased at garage sales. This because the seats may have missing parts or be broken, or could be part of a recall. Photo credit: Richard Penn/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the start of the garage sale season in the state, a reminder that while the deals may be good, for some products, such as car seats, they could also be dangerous. Dawn Mayer, child passenger safety program director with the Division of Injury Prevention and Control at t...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: The battle over how best to negotiate foreign-trade agreements is expected to soon heat up in Washington D.C., as the Obama administration pushes for fast-track authority on deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Photo credit: USDA/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A growing coalition of American food and farm groups is calling for rejection of a plan to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority on foreign-trade agreements. The proposal, which may be introduced as early as next week, would allow the administration to negotiate tra...Read More

Public News Service - ND

PHOTO: North Dakota has one of the country's highest percentages of bridges in need of major repair or upgrading, according to a new report that breaks down the numbers nationwide. Photo credit: Ross Griff/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has the seventh-highest percentage in the nation of bridges that are in need of major repairs or upgrades, according to a new report. The analysis by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association found that more than 16 percent of North Dakota's bridges, nu...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a new Gallup survey, North Dakota has the lowest rate of food insecurity in the nation, with 9.3 percent of respondents in the state reporting difficulty over the last year putting food on the table. Photo credit: Jake Stimpson/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - While a new survey finds North Dakota has the lowest rate in the nation of people struggling with hunger, there are still many North Dakotans who have a hard time putting food on the table. A Gallup poll found just over nine percent of North Dakota respondents said there were times...Read More

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PHOTO: April is Autism Awareness Month, and efforts are underway to build support for a U.S. Senate bill that would help reduce the risk of injury and death related to autism spectrum wandering. Photo credit: Martin Brigden/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is Autism Awareness Month, and one focus this year is on the dangers of children on the autism spectrum who engage in wandering. Sandy Smith, executive director of the North Dakota Autism Center, says wandering is a very real and scary issue. She adds wandering is something s...Read More

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PHOTO: North Dakota is joining the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a new campaign to reduce the prevalence of diabetes. Photo credit: Alden Chadwick/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health has announced that it's joining forces with national health leaders for a new effort on diabetes prevention in the state. The program is called Prevent Diabetes STAT - or Screen, Test, Act - Today. Tera Miller, diabetes program director for th...Read More

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