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PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 


Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

Saltwater injection oil wells have the potential to leak onto farmers' land and make it untenable. (wahoowins/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota is proposing to strengthen regulations for abandoned oil wells. The proposals have landowners and groups such as the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) cautiously optimistic, seeing the rules as a long time coming. Draft rules include a measure to make companies pa

Jim Wznick is president of the North Dakota Cooperative Managers' Association. There are about 500 co-ops in the state. (Courtesy of Wznick)

STANLEY, N.D. – October is National Co-op Month, highlighting the important role of cooperatives, especially in rural communities. Co-ops are unique because they're owned and run jointly by their members. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota has the third-highest numb

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

Children's Advocacy Centers of North Dakota says it is the first organization in the country to use telehealth to treat kids who have been abused. (JYPIX/Adobe Stock)

BISMARK, N.D. – Rural North Dakota is getting a digital solution to the lack of mental-health resources for children who've been victims of abuse. Children's Advocacy Centers of North Dakota launched telehealth therapy services this week for kids handling trauma. Interim director of the cente

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

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