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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ND: Human Rights/Racial Justice

North Dakota's foreign-born population is only 3.9%, but it has seen large growth over the past decade. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N. D. -- As North Dakota's population becomes more diverse, state health officials are seeking guidance on how to better serve people arriving from other countries. A new panel aims to help with any gaps. This week, the New American/Foreign Born/Immigrant Advisory Board held its first me

Members of the Black Lives Matter Fargo/Moorhead chapter, which was established in 2016, say Fargo encourages a diverse population but doesn't follow through to welcome the diversity. (Faith Shields-Dixon)

FARGO, N.D. -- Black Lives Matter members in the Fargo area say recent protests demanding systemic change are only the beginning. They say they'll keep pressing local leaders and community members to help end racism. The protests in Fargo following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota la

A national group that monitors state legislatures says North Dakota is among the states with very little diversity in elected officials. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- Those demanding systemic change in North Dakota say more diversity in state government would be a good place to start. The calls are growing louder in light of protests across the globe. Fargo is among the cities where demonstrations have been held in response to the police killing

The North Dakota Supreme Court soon could consider a rule change that would require state courts to collect racial data of criminal defendants. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The state court system in North Dakota has never had a requirement to collect racial data of court defendants. But a proposal with the state Supreme Court could change that. A committee assigned to examine the idea has been gathering feedback to see if state courts should record

For first time, Pride Month will be celebrated on the lawn of North Dakota's Capitol. (Dustin White/Dakota OutRight)

BISMARCK, – Pride Month is coming to North Dakota's capital city next weekend. The state's LGBTQ community has events planned June 14 through 16 in Bismarck, including a riverboat cruise, drag show and multi-faith service and potluck. The community also is taking the celebration to the State

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

Public housing advocates are welcoming federal dollars to help fix up existing units in North Dakota, but they say much more funding is needed. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – With more than $2 million now heading to refurbish public housing in North Dakota, advocates for the state's homeless population are praising the move from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fifteen counties in the state will use the money primarily to impr

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