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2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - ND: Social Justice

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

NEW TOWN, N.D. – The Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting this year features a documentary on the people of a North Dakota town when the Bakken oil boom hit. "My Country No More" is about the western farm town of Trenton from 2011 to 2016, when industry – and money – flooded

With the proper supports, reformers believe people in prison could be released from prison sooner  and be safer in the community. (kwanchaift/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota could cut its prison population by 1,000 and save $125 million by 2025 with some key reforms, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota. The group has developed a Blueprint for Smart Justice in the state and proposes major

The AMA says a new North Dakota law violates doctors' freedom of speech. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – The American Medical Association and North Dakota's only clinic providing abortions are suing the state over two laws related to the procedure. The AMA has joined Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo on its challenge to a bill passed this legislative session that requires docto

AARP North Dakota members worked hard during the 2019 session to ensure legislators heard about the needs of aging adults. (MatthewUND/CreativeCommons)

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the state legislature now adjourned, advocates for older North Dakotans are reflecting on a legislative session that saw big wins for the 50-plus crowd. Josh Askvig, state director of AARP North Dakota, says the organization’s number one priority had been legislat

Supporters of repealing North Dakota's tax on Social Security benefits say the state revenue that would be lost amounts to less than 1 percent of the state budget. (401(K)2012/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – If the North Dakota Senate follows in the footsteps of the House, Social Security checks would increase for retirees in the state. The Senate Appropriations Committee is reviewing House Bill 1174, which would repeal the state tax on Social Security benefits. North Dakota is

Critics say a bill to implement North Dakota's Measure 1 doesn't provide enough funding for the new state Ethics Commission. (Jim Howe/Flickr)

BISMARK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering competing bills to implement an ethics measure passed by voters in November. Backers of the Measure 1 campaign are concerned the House version could undermine it. Republican backers of House Bill 1521 say the language in the ballot measu

Legal Services of North Dakota's Grand Forks office is helping low-income clients in cases ranging from custody to potential eviction. (University of North Dakota)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Legal services for low-income and older North Dakotans expanded to the northeastern part of the state a year ago. In that time, the Grand Forks office of Legal Services of North Dakota has seen a huge increase in cases, from 2 to about 130 – a sign that affordable l

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