PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2019 

Trump lashes out at critics who claim he abuses his office; a strike at JFK airport; gun control bills in Wisconsin; a possible link between air pollution and violent crime; and very close foreign elections.

2020Talks - October 22, 2019 

After a settlement instead of what would have been the first trial in the landmark court case on the opioid crisis, we look at what 2020 candidates want to do about drug pricing.

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For the first time, produce farmers soon will have to comply with new federal food safety rules, and a sustainable ag advocate is mostly praising the move. Credit: KyleJones/

BISMARCK, N.D. - It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski, pol

U.S. taxpayers have lost an estimated $380 million since 2006 because of flaring and venting of natural gas at drilling sites on federal lands. Credit: sakakawea7.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's U.S. senators are being urged to support efforts to have the federal government take action to end the waste of natural gas at drilling sites on public lands and the loss of the associated revenue. An ad campaign launched this week in North Dakota and several other s

PHOTO: After another fiery oil train derailment in North Dakota, some are asking for stronger requirements on the stabilization of oil before transportation, either statewide or nationally. Photo credit: Jennifer Willis/Facebook.

HEIMDAL, N.D. - The calls for more safety precautions and oversight again are being made after yet another fiery oil train derailment in North Dakota. The latest happened Wednesday morning near the town of Heimdal, forcing evacuations in the community and surrounding farmsteads. Don Morrison, ex

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis

PHOTO: Homeowners are being urged to take action this month by testing for radon. The invisible gas is a leading cause of lung cancer and is present at high levels in a majority of North Dakota homes. Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute.

BISMARCK, N.D. - It really is often a matter of out of sight, out of mind, but radon is a deadly danger in more homes than not in every part of the state, and the message on the importance of testing is clear. Justin Otto, radon coordinator with the North Dakota Department of Health, says the radioa

PHOTO: The 64th Legislative Assembly begins Tuesday in Bismarck, and oil and gas issues within the energy industry will be among those high on the docket. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The gavel comes down to open the 2015 North Dakota Legislature Tuesday, and among the issues lawmakers will be asked to address this session are infrastructure improvements for oil and gas extraction. The EmPower North Dakota Commission is recommending about $1 billion in funding o

PHOTO: The new year begins in North Dakota with a plan to loosen limits on the disposal of radioactive materials from oil and gas production in the state. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Every year of the oil boom in North Dakota has brought new challenges and struggles, and among the issues on the forefront for 2015 is radioactive waste. State regulators are pursuing plans to increase the allowable oil-and-gas radioactive waste disposal limit tenfold, saying the h

PHOTO: A new report finds the amount of gas drilled on federal leases in North Dakota that's royalty-free, consumed or flared by operators, is equal to more than 40 percent of the total volume sold. Photo credit: Merlin/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The state's natural gas and oil boom is bringing in the dollars, but a new report says North Dakota and the nation are missing out on millions due to decades-old rules for drilling on federal lands. Ryan Alexander, president with Taxpayers for Common Sense, says their study found $3

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