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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected but not all show signs of sickness of coronavirus; and NC counties declare 2nd Amendment sanctuaries.

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - ND: Toxics

State regulators say 16% of oil produced in North Dakota in October was shipped out by rail. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Even minor changes to oil movement by rail are under scrutiny in North Dakota because of its potential public safety hazard. This week, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public hearing on a proposed change from diesel to crude oil storage and reimplement

The Dakota Access pipeline currently ships about 500,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A public hearing is scheduled to evaluate a request to double the amount of crude oil flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The North Dakota Public Service Commission has announced a hearing for Nov. 13 on Energy Transfer Partners' plan to ship roughly 1.1 million barr

A conservation group gave North Dakota's water systems an F. (Joe Pell/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's Drinking Water Week in North Dakota, and watchdogs are calling for transparency for the state's water systems. Scott Edwards, co-director of Food and Water Justice at Food and Water Watch, says the oil and gas industry and industrial agriculture are two of the biggest c

Of the more than 1,000 studies on fracking, 85 percent show the extraction process is harming nearby communities. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Health professionals have released their fifth compilation of data and reports showing the risks of fracking. Over the past five editions, scientific and medical findings in the compendium have grown, adding weight to the argument that oil and gas drilling are harmful to commu

Two large-scale hog farm operations have already been proposed in North Dakota. (rygudguy/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Could large hog-farming operations be on the horizon for North Dakota? The state Department of Health is clearing the way for them, by deciding on changes to pollution-control rules from animal feeding operations. Two hog farms proposed for eastern North Dakota have local re

A new environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline is under way. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – In a significant win for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, a federal judge on Monday ordered greater oversight of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Citing the recent spill from the Keystone Pipeline, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ordered the U.S. Army Corps o

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste from oil wells has been rampant in North Dakota. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health could decide as soon as this week whether to grant a permit for a truck that transports and processes radioactive waste from oil wells. The request has been met with concern from critics, who say it lacks details and transparency. At a public hear

Trihalomethane, a compound group linked to cancer, is found at levels above the healthy limit in the drinking water of 600,000 North Dakotans, according to a new report. (Arcaion/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A new report is giving North Dakotans a clearer look at what is in their tap water. The Environmental Working Group's Tap Water Database lets people search their zip code to find out what contaminants utilities have found in their drinking water. Sonya Lunder, a senior resea

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