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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


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A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - ND: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

With April being STD Awareness Month, state health officials are urging sexually active North Dakotans to take simple steps to protect themselves. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - April is STD Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to safeguard themselves through some simple steps: Talk. Test. Treat. According to the latest numbers, incidents of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis,

New research shows a national drop in unintended pregnancies, but not for all women. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. rate for unintended pregnancies is at its lowest level in decades, according to new research. Looking at numbers from 2008 to 2011, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute have said the rate of unplanned pregnancies dropped to a 30-year low. Fewer unintended pregnancies le

The Supreme Court declined to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban, effectively blocking the 2013 law permanently. (Morguefile.com/Kconnors)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -Women's health advocates are praising the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing on Monday to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban. The move upholds a lower-court ruling from last year that blocked the state's controversial "fetal heartbeat" law. Critics claimed the legislation, one

Supreme Court justices will be considering an appeal over North Dakota's abortion ban. (iStockphoto)

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BISMARCK, N.D. - After refusing to hear arguments this week on Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban, the U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide to take a look at North Dakota's six-week abortion ban. A district judge declared the Roughrider State's ban unconstitutional two years ago. The state then appea

North Dakota will be hosting educational seminars to help child welfare professionals aid child victims of sex trafficking. Credit: iStock

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem in North Dakota. To help with that, the state's Department of Human Services will be co-hosting four free training sessions on the issue this month. Starting next week, human trafficking experts will be talking with social wo

GRAPHIC: ND report data

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has received some very positive news in the latest look at the health and well-being of its children. The KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks the state sixth in the nation overall. Richard Rathge, a policy analyst for North Dakota KIDS COUNT,

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Bismarck, ND – President-elect Obama has apparently chosen former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle to be the new Health and Human Services secretary, a move drawing praise from health groups nationwide, including Karen Larson, deputy director of the Community Health Care Centers of the Dakotas

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