PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - ND: Health Issues

Of the more than 1,000 studies on fracking, 85 percent show the extraction process is harming nearby communities. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Health professionals have released their fifth compilation of data and reports showing the risks of fracking. Over the past five editions, scientific and medical findings in the compendium have grown, adding weight to the argument that oil and gas drilling are harmful to commu

Many factors associated with farm stress are uncontrollable, such as weather, commodity markets and the isolated nature of farming. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakotans and other people around the country working on farms face unique pressures in their profession – and there's even a term for it. They're susceptible to what is called farm stress. Monica McConkey, director of business development at Prairie St. John's Hos

The number of people with Alzheimer's symptoms is expected to more than double in the coming decades. (geralt/Pixabay)

FARGO, N.D. – The Midwest's largest meeting on dementia is happening this weekend. On Saturday, the Mayo Clinic and Minnesota-North Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer's Association are hosting the "Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference" in St. Paul, Minnesota. It will feature sessions and ex

North Dakota's Aging Services Division holds meetings in February and March to get input on how to help people age comfortably at home. (geralt/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N. D. – North Dakota is looking for public input on ways to help older adults age comfortably and live independently. The Department of Human Services' Aging Services Division is hosting meetings around the state, and wants public input to help update the state's Plan on Aging. Acc

Kids spend an average of nine hours a day in front of a digital or media device. (Kevin Jarrett/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Children's advocates and technology insiders are teaming up in a new campaign to protect kids' brains from the potentially manipulative and addictive power of technology. Common Sense, a group aimed at safeguarding kids in the digital age, and the newly formed Center for Hum

Women should know and understand their blood pressure to prevent their risk of heart diseases and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. (Tunstall/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. – Heart diseases and stroke claim one woman's life every 80 seconds. Friday, North Dakotans are encouraged to wear red for women. February is American Heart Month, and this year the focus is on women's heart health. Even though cardiovascular diseases are the number one killers o

Family caregivers provide more than 58 million hours of service a year in North Dakota. (Brian Walker/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- A grant to help family caregivers get some rest is on its way to North Dakota. The state has received the Lifespan Respite Care Grant, a $200,000 award to help the state come up with solutions for giving North Dakota's more than 62,000 family caregivers a break. The grant will he

The director of the Red River Women's Clinic praises escorts for the support they provide to patients. (Marc Faletti/Rewire Multimedia)

FARGO, N.D. – A documentary featuring a Fargo clinic that offers abortion services has won the prize for best documentary short at the Nevada Film Festival. The film "Care in Chaos" compares the experiences of women at the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo and a clinic in Charlotte, N.C., du

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