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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MLK, prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation in Congress could expand access to voting, reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - ND: Climate Change/Air Quality

Taxpayers lose about $23 million a year in royalties without stricter regulations on methane flaring, according to U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. — A conservative group is calling out North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer for his opposition to a regulation aimed at reducing waste from oil and gas wells. Cramer has hailed the Trump administration's decision to rescind an Obama-era rule that would help prevent leaking and

A proposed oil refinery would be located within three miles of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Matt Zimmerman/Flickr)

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BELFIELD, N.D. – Opposition from local communities is growing against a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Davis Refinery, from California-based Meridian Energy Group, is awaiting air quality and water permits to start construction of its facility near Belfield.

Soybeans are used as biofuels and grown in abundance in the Midwest. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels. The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, wants Congress and the Trump administration to expand t

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to delay a methane waste rule was deemed illegal for the agency's failure to properly notify the public. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The Interior Department and courts appear to be at odds over a rule that prevents the waste of methane and gas on drilling operations. Last week, a U.S. district court judge in California said the Bureau of Land Management couldn't delay implementation of the rule, which pre

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)

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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

North Dakota's two U.S. senators disagreed on the fate of a BLM rule that prevents methane-gas venting and flaring at oil developments on public and tribal land. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota tribes say the U.S. Senate's decision not to overturn a rule requiring energy developers to limit methane gas leaks and flaring on tribal land is a win for their health and the environment. However, the state's Senators split their votes on that decision. In a statem

In 2014, about 200 industrial-sized garbage bags full of oil production waste were found in an abandoned gas station in Noonan, ND. (Dakota Resource Council)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – After North Dakota's Health Council approved new toxic waste rules during what turned out to be an illegal public meeting last year, environmental groups are urging concerned residents to weigh in at a do-over meeting next Tuesday. Groups including the Dakota Resource Counci

New numbers show North Dakota has the highest percentage of clean-energy jobs per capita in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is one of the top states in the Midwest for jobs in the clean-energy field, according to a new report. The Clean Jobs Midwest survey shows North Dakota has the highest percentage of clean-energy jobs, per capita, out of 12 Midwestern states, at just under 12,000. But

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