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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - ND: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

At the onset of the pandemic, American consumers stocked up on meat products. But there's concern that supplies eventually will be affected by facility closures as more workers become infected. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- The pandemic is forcing some meat-processing plants to close in a handful of states, including the Dakotas, but one expert said it shouldn't be a big problem for consumers just yet. In South Dakota, a Smithfield Foods plant closed temporarily after hundreds of workers tested positive

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

The group Lunch Aid says $58 million is the potential price tag for universal lunches in North Dakota's K-12 schools. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota's Legacy Fund has topped $6.3 billion – and one suggestion is that a fraction of that money could provide lunch for all the state's public school students. Student lunch debt for families of kids K-12 is becoming a problem. In Fargo Public Schools, for ins

About 9% of North Dakota households experienced food insecurity between 2015 and 2017. (kuarmungadd/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Anti-hunger groups in North Dakota fear that a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will lead to more people going without food. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he wants to close a loophole in eligibility for SNAP benefits. Under the

China has promised to raise soybean tariffs by 5% in September. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – As trade tensions simmer between the United States and China, farmers in North Dakota and across the country are feeling the pain. The Trump administration and Beijing continue to go back and forth in the trade dispute. Earlier this month, after President Donald Trump announc

Net farm income is expected to drop in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farmers are growing increasingly concerned about mounting losses as the Trump administration's trade wars continue. Farmers' personal incomes fell the most in three years in the first quarter of 2019, according to a new report, and that's prompting groups like the North Dako

Some North Dakota farmers markets offer tips for how to cook fresh produce. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota recipients of SNAP benefits have a chance to make those benefits go farther and toward healthy choices this summer. Farmers markets in Bismarck and Fargo offer matching incentives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, meaning folks' EBT dollars go t

Nearly half of SNAP recipients are children. The program is especially important during the summer when school is out. (brandimarkham/Twenty20)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Summertime can mean children have limited access to food. The United States Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program sponsors sites across North Dakota to provide children with meals. Karen Ehrens, a registered dietitian and facilitator of Creating a Hunger Fr

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