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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 


Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - ND: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Nonprofit organizations that assist victims of domestic violence say the global pandemic likely will result in more cases at the same time massive layoffs mean donations to these groups are down. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- Groups that support victims of domestic violence worry that more cases will arise as families hunker down during the pandemic. Despite health guidelines to stay home, one North Dakota group says it's important to reach out if violence is an issue. The Fargo-based YWCA for Cass and Cl

ODARA consists of 13 questions police ask a domestic violence victim to assess the risk that their abuser might re-offend. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

MINOT, N.D. – Law enforcement in a North Dakota county is testing out a tool that measures a domestic violence offender's likelihood of assaulting again. The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment, or ODARA, is an evidence-based questionnaire from Canadian police and health officials. Resea

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (nito/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Six months after its reauthorization passed in the House of Representatives, the Violence Against Women Act remains untouched by the Senate. Advocates who protect women against domestic violence want to see the bill picked up again. Janelle Moos, executive director of the

More than 80 percent of Native American women report experiencing violence, according to the National Crime Information Database. (Lindsey G/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend, the country will recognize the violence Native American women face. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven – R, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp – D, led an effort in Congress to mark Saturday as the first National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous W

Introducing Savanna's Act, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, is raising awareness about violence against Native American women. (Jay Mallin/Housing Assistance Council)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The murder of a Native American woman in North Dakota has inspired lawmakers in Congress to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Native women. The bill from North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is known as Savanna's Act for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant 22-year-old Fargo

Legal Services of North Dakota, which provides legal help for poor residents of the state, could lose half its funding under President Trump's proposed budget. (BernardaSv/iStock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – When members of Congress return to Washington D.C. next week, the top issue on their agenda will most likely be the budget. Tucked into the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion cut to domestic programs, is the complete defunding of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC),

New numbers show reports of sex trafficking in North Dakota went up in 2015. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hotline calls about human trafficking are up in North Dakota. Polaris, a nonprofit group that runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, fielded calls on 19 cases in 2015, three more than the year before. This includes calls on 15 cases of sex trafficking

North Dakota will be hosting educational seminars to help child welfare professionals aid child victims of sex trafficking. Credit: iStock

BISMARCK, N.D. – Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem in North Dakota. To help with that, the state's Department of Human Services will be co-hosting four free training sessions on the issue this month. Starting next week, human trafficking experts will be talking with social wo

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