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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - ND: Livable Wages/Working Families

In addition to expiring jobless benefits, economists say eviction rates are likely to soar because of the pandemic's ongoing effects. And in North Dakota, state law makes it easier for eviction cases to proceed. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- An anti-poverty group in North Dakota says extra federal unemployment benefits have shielded many laid-off workers from seeking assistance. But it acknowledged that things might change soon, and that existing challenges didn't come out of nowhere. There's been little indication that

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

Industry observers say the coal industry isn't just closing smaller, inefficient plants. Larger plants also are being phased out due to shifts in the energy market. (Adobe Stock)

UNDERWOOD, N.D. -- North Dakota leaders want to find a new owner for the state's largest coal-fired power plant, which is slated to close in 2022. But environmental groups say that's the wrong way to go. Minnesota-based Great River Energy has announced it will close the Coal Creek Station, citing

Christie Obenauer (R), president and CEO of Union State Bank of Hazen, meets with Matt Clarys (L) of Western Steel Builders. Partnering with the Bank of North Dakota, Obenauer's small bank has been able to finance several large projects in her town. (Justine Wiedrich)

By Oscar Perry Abello Broadcast version by Mike Moen Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Prairie News Service BISMARCK, N.D. - The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a job at a power plant

In addition to competition and cost issues, rural grocers in North Dakota say lack of access to financial resources are making it harder for them to stay open. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Several groups are trying to shine a light on what they call a big problem in North Dakota -- the disappearance of independent grocery stores in small towns. A new program called the Rural Grocery Initiative is aimed at keeping these stores open. According to the Association of

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in states like North Dakota, a growing proportion of residents ages 55 and older are either working or looking for work. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARK, N.D. - North Dakota is once again applying for federal grant money to fund its work-training program for older, low-income workers. Officials hope to raise awareness at a time when they say there are many opportunities for folks in this age group. Public comments are being accepted about

The brown squares on this satellite image indicate the areas of unharvested corn in an otherwise snowy North Dakota landscape. (NASA Earth Observatory)

MAKOTI, N.D. - Many North Dakota farmers have yet to harvest all their 2019 crops, due to the wet fall and more snow over the winter. There's also concern about planting new crops this spring. The state Department of Agriculture estimates that North Dakota farmers are still sitting on roughly two

About 1 in 4 Social Security recipients in North Dakota relies on the money for 90% or more of their income. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the holidays coming to a close, some folks already are gearing up for another stressful time: tax season. But some North Dakotans could find it a bit easier to pay Uncle Sam in 2020. About 30,000 older adults will no longer have to pay a state income tax on their Social Sec

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