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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2021 


President Biden aims to put the U.S. in a leadership role on climate change, and the pandemic shines a spotlight on regional food supply chains.


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President Biden will announce a new 2030 emissions target, George W. Bush urges more respectful conversation on immigration, and the Giffords Center ranks Indiana's gun policies low, despite their "red flag" law.

Public News Service - ND: Social Justice

At the North Dakota capitol this year, the transgender sports bill is among legislation that saw the most spirited debate. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota's governor faces growing calls to reject legislation that would bar transgender student athletes from playing on sports teams that don't align with their birth gender. The controversial measure, which would affect K-12 students, saw heavy opposition before clearing it

Long celebrated by African Americans, Juneteenth often is viewed as an overlooked moment in U.S. history. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would recognize Juneteenth as a ceremonial holiday. Supporters say the move is long overdue, with only a few states having yet to take such action. Juneteenth, which is celebrated in most of the country, is viewed as t

Bills that would restrict transgender students from competing in high school sports have surfaced in several states this spring, including North Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers have been revising a controversial bill concerning transgender students competing in high school sports. LGBTQ advocates said sponsors have responded to complaints about the proposal, except from those who fear the most backlash. House Bill 1298 would preve

The latest federal stimulus package approved by the U.S. House sets aside $20 million for assistance groups to address fair-housing complaints. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- The focus of a new federal COVID relief package has now shifted to the U.S. Senate. Groups that assist and advocate for struggling North Dakotans say they can't wait any longer for the help. The $1.9 trillion dollar package would provide $1,400 direct payments to qualifying individu

In 2012, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program was added in North Dakota. While a key focus is helping Veterans find stable housing, a new service helps them navigate health care. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. - A North Dakota group is now working to help low-income military Veterans find their way through the complex maze of health coverage. Health-care navigators say signing up for insurance or finding the right doctor can be intimidating for a lot of folks. But it can add even more anxiet

In addition to her historic nomination for Joe Biden's cabinet, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, made history in being one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress in 2018. (House.gov)

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CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Spiritual and cultural connections to land are among the core beliefs of Native Americans, and North Dakota advocates feel they could soon have a federal leader who strongly identifies with those beliefs. New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland is awaiting her confirmation vote, a

The pandemic has reignited debate across the country about the importance of paid family leave. In North Dakota, a legislative effort aims to establish a program that would protect workers after the crisis has subsided. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The weight of the pandemic is being felt by many North Dakota families, and supporters of a statewide paid-leave program are pushing a revised proposal they say would protect workers when they, or loved ones, need care. State Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, has reintroduced a mea

Some North Dakota employers are being honored this week for welcoming people living with disabilities into their workforce. They say these workers bring a lot to the table, and many have the ability to work from home. (Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. - In North Dakota, a state agency worries that people with disabilities are being overlooked in a tight job market, as business restrictions from the pandemic create hardships for many companies. This week, the state is honoring some of the businesses focusing on inclusive hiring. The

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