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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - ND: Housing/Homelessness

More North Dakotans face homelessness, with this summer's unemployment rate almost triple what it was at the same time last year. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in North Dakota, social service support groups are asking the U.S. Senate to act quickly before its August recess and approve more emergency assistance. Many North Dakotans are on the brink of hunger and homelessness because of COVID-19-related

As opposed to a temporary eviction ban, Gov. Doug Burgum has said more targeted actions, such as emergency relief program, are better ways to help people struggling with their rent during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

MINOT, N.D. -- North Dakota's refusal to issue a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has angered several groups. But one organization says the state needs more long-term solutions to protect renters, while urging people to take swift action if they can't pay housing costs. Ho

Some states, including Minnesota, already have enacted temporary suspensions of evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic. Groups now are asking North Dakota's governor to follow suit. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- Rent and mortgage payments are due for many North Dakotans this week, and for those who've lost jobs as a result of the pandemic, those payments will be hard to make. A coalition is urging Gov. Doug Burgum to step in. A wide range of groups, including the North Dakota AFL-CIO, is ask

Furloughs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development are making it harder to get out information about government-assisted housing. (Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota tenants in government-assisted housing are growing more nervous as the federal government shutdown drags on. But legal and housing experts in the state are encouraging folks to stay calm. Breezy Schmidt, managing attorney with Legal Services of North Dakota, s

North Dakota lawmakers head back to Bismarck on Jan. 3, 2019. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the state's legislative session around the corner, AARP North Dakota is laying out priorities it would like to see lawmakers accomplish in 2019. Mike Chaussee, associate state director for AARP North Dakota, said top of the list is helping folks age in their own homes,

Veterans Affairs medical centers are looking to provide more legal aid to veterans. (1laura/Pixabay)

FARGO, N.D. - Attorneys in North Dakota are providing free legal advice on civil matters to low-income veterans once a month. The free clinics are part of a medical-legal partnership that's seen as a key component to veterans' health. Civil legal assistance is required for half of the top 10 unmet

Legal Services of North Dakota's Grand Forks office is helping low-income clients in cases ranging from custody to potential eviction. (University of North Dakota)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Legal services for low-income and older North Dakotans expanded to the northeastern part of the state a year ago. In that time, the Grand Forks office of Legal Services of North Dakota has seen a huge increase in cases, from 2 to about 130 – a sign that affordable l

Bismarck developed a pop-up bike pathway last year with a grant from AARP's Community Challenge. (Angie Gray Photography)

BISMARCK, N.D. – AARP is looking for ideas that can improve living in people's local communities. The second annual Community Challenge provides grants to projects that can be developed quickly. Last year, Bismarck received more than $12,000 for a pop-up pedestrian and bike pathway from dow

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