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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2018. 


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Public News Service - ND: Budget Policy & Priorities

Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, and other lawmakers want to revise a provision for farmer cooperatives that was hastily added to the new tax law. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A late addition to the tax law passed in December could give North Dakota farmer cooperatives a boost, but will lawmakers keep it around? Known as Section 199A, it was added to the tax bill at the last minute, to preserve a deduction that allows farmers to deduct up to 20 pe

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

Senate Republicans, including John Hoeven, R-N.D., are breaking with House GOP plans to completely repeal the estate tax. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BISMARCK, N.D. – The estate tax is becoming a sticking point for tax reform in Washington, but what impact does it really have on farmers? While House Republicans have called for a complete repeal of the tax, Republican senators including North Dakota's John Hoeven say they only want to partia

North Dakota would lose out on at least $1.7 billion over the next two decades if the Cassidy-Graham health care bill is passed. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

FARGO, N.D. - With a week to go before repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act becomes much harder, Republicans are hoping to get the votes they need on a new bill introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. However, the bill is facing a lot of pushback, including fro

Nearly 50 percent of North Dakota is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the two highest stages of drought. (National Drought Mitigation Center)

SOUTH HEART, N.D. – North Dakota farmer Bob Kuylen says he's mowed his lawn once this summer. Normally it's at least once a week. Kuylen farms near South Heart in the southwestern part of the state, colored the darkest red on drought maps, marking that the area is in the highest stage of d

North Dakotans in the Bakken region, where oil production is most heavily concentrated, have reported health problems they believe are the result of air pollution. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans are still fighting air pollution, even as the Environmental Protection Agency takes the next steps toward removing regulations on methane-flaring at oil and gas well sites. A new report from the Dakota Resource Council finds methane is affecting local resident

The Trump administration and the U.S. House have proposed massive cuts to Medicaid. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend marks the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Medicaid provides insurance for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults, and 114,000 North Dakotans curren

A Congressional Budget Office report found 23 million fewer Americans could have health care by 2026 if the American Health Care Act is passed. (skeeze/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. - AARP representatives from North Dakota and across the country are in the nation's capital today to ask members of Congress to consider older Americans during their health-care deliberations. AARP North Dakota President Kathi Schwan is meeting with Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Hei

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