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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: A Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

Hemp production could see a boom because it contains CBD, a compound with potential pharmaceutical uses. (torstengrieger/Abode Stock)

MINOT, N.D. – The 2018 Farm Bill laid the soil for growing hemp, giving North Dakota farmers the chance to explore this emerging market. Although hemp has been around for a while, it's getting new life with the lifting of the federal prohibition against growing the crop commercially. Eric

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

Areas such as Williston in western North Dakota are struggling to attract attorneys. (Andrew Filer/Flickr)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There’s a mounting attorney shortage in rural areas of the state, and the University of North Dakota is tackling the issue head on. The Rural Justice program at the UND School of Law offers scholarships to students to work in the places that need them most. Michael

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota is preparing for the 2020 U.S. census. (Neeta Lind/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the official launch of the 2020 U.S. census less than a year away, Native American communities are ramping up efforts to ensure that everyone is represented. Early outreach could be critical for an accurate count in North Dakota, where about 40% of Native Americans live in har

Corn producers hope the Environmental Protection Agency can finalize a rule on ethanol blending in time for the summer driving season. (Sweeter Alternative/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farmers see a fresh crop on the rise with the federal government's proposal to allow ethanol-blended gasoline to be sold year-round. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule change that would lift the summertime prohibition on use of E15, or gasoline blended w

A curriculum developed by farmers unions integrates technology such as 3-D printers with the study of agriculture. (North Dakota Farmers Union)

BISMARCK, N. D. – Farmers unions are launching an agriculture-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Farmers unions in North Dakota and four other Midwestern states have developed hands-on lessons that meld STEM learning

About 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, but only 2 percent of attorneys practice in these places. (rafabordes/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A shortage of lawyers in North Dakota could be hindering people's access to justice. Attorney job listings have increased 300 percent in the past year, according to Job Service North Dakota. While lawyers make up a small piece of the overall labor market, their role in commun

Soybean exports to China, the crop's largest export market, are down 98 percent in 2018. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Concerns about 2019 are growing as the United States' trade war continues to hurt farmers. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says he's confident farmers can plan ahead for market conditions. But this year, the U.S.’ largest agricultural export, soybean, is down 98

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