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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Public News Service - ND: Health

North Dakota health officials say parents should talk to their children about COVID-19 using a calm, factual approach that minimizes anxiety or fear. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota parents have a lot on their plates as the coronavirus crisis unfolds, including job concerns and keeping their families healthy. State officials also are acknowledging the added stress of making sure children understand what's happening. Alarming information about

The University of North Dakota says dozens of potential applicants already are awaiting its new Ph.D  program that focuses on indigenous health issues. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has approved a new Ph.D program at the University of North Dakota, where students can focus on the health issues facing indigenous people. The effort is being described as the first of its kind in the country. School officials say they

Snow and below-freezing temperatures can lead farmers to feel isolated in the winter. (Tatiana/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Mental health on farms is a serious issue this time of year as the blues can settle in when temperatures drop. Brandon Delvo, a community operations specialist with the North Dakota Farmers Union, says the agriculture economy is weighing on farmers, and winter months can create i

A Trump administration proposal would exempt some large infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, from environmental review. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

BISMARCK, S.D. -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to one Native American activist. The change to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the scope of environmenta

Live Christmas trees that aren't properly watered can go up in flames quickly. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakotans can prevent the holidays from becoming the most dangerous time of the year, fire safety experts say. Holiday fire fatalities are 70% higher and property loss is 34% greater than the rest of the year, according to the federal U.S. Fire Administration. Brenden Dockt

State regulators say 16% of oil produced in North Dakota in October was shipped out by rail. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Even minor changes to oil movement by rail are under scrutiny in North Dakota because of its potential public safety hazard. This week, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public hearing on a proposed change from diesel to crude oil storage and reimplement

A fast-growing aging population will greatly increase demand for caregivers in the years to come. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. – As North Dakotans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are some who could use a little extra gratitude. About 68,000 North Dakotans are family caregivers, including Mary Beth Simmer of Fargo. She quit her job to provide care for her sister, who has passed away, but Simmer kno

Despite adopting strong smoke-free laws in public places, about 1,000 North Dakotans die each year from smoking-related diseases. (eddie welker/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, putting a spotlight on one of the leading causes of cancer death in the country. Lung cancer is expected to account for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths in 2019, according to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. Deb Knuth, g

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