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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - ND: Civic Engagement

In other states, legal fights have occurred to allow ballot collection on behalf of Native Americans trying to vote absentee. In North Dakota, concerns over vague language in state law is leaving assistance groups feeling limited about helping that way. (Adobe Stock)

CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. In North Dakota, advocates are honoring their heritage by ramping up efforts to ensure Native Americans overcome voting obstacles in the 2020 election. The race is on to help those living on reservations know what they have to do to cast their b

In AARP polling in battleground states, voters over 50 have said Social Security, Medicare and prescription drug prices will be important factors when making their election decisions. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Throughout October, AARP North Dakota and Prairie Public Broadcasting team up to co-host a series of debates for various political races. And they're hoping the participants will address concerns about topics important to voters age 50 and older. Candidates for governor, state Sup

Even though North Dakota doesn't have a statewide mask mandate, local election officials, including in McKenzie County, will strongly encourage mask use for people voting in person this fall. (Adobe Stock)

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- North Dakota continues to see high levels of COVID-19 cases, and the situation has renewed concerns about voting safely this fall. Unlike the June primary, when the state conducted an all-mail election out of caution, North Dakota will offer its usual mix of absentee and in-pe

After states like Arizona and Florida saw coronavirus surges over the summer, peaks are now happening in states like North and South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Midwest has seen higher levels of COVID-19 activity in recent weeks, and that includes North and South Dakota. And health officials say all parts of the region need to be mindful of community spread. The Dakotas now top the nation for new novel coronavirus infections, based o

Despite a variety of obstacles in 2020, groups such as North Dakota Native Vote have been trying to build on voter-participation progress in tribal areas. (ND Native Vote)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- With a little more than two months before the November election, a North Dakota group is working to overcome challenges from the pandemic to engage with Native American voters. 2018 was a banner year for voter participation among North Dakota tribal members, when record turnout wa

North Dakota is among the latest states to see a strong push to change how political maps are drawn by proposing it be in the hands of an independent commission. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- This fall, North Dakota voters will consider a measure that proposes a variety of changes some say will improve elections across the state. Last week, North Dakota's secretary of state said supporters of Measure 3 gathered enough signatures to put it on the November ballot. The q

The group North Dakota Native Vote is teaming up with RE-AMP to enhance digital outreach during the pandemic. (ndnativevote)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- An outreach group in North Dakota wants to ensure Native American voters get attention in this election cycle, despite the pandemic. Volunteers are being asked to sign up for virtual training so they can inspire others with their own stories about voting. Nicole Donaghy, executiv

Members of the Black Lives Matter Fargo/Moorhead chapter, which was established in 2016, say Fargo encourages a diverse population but doesn't follow through to welcome the diversity. (Faith Shields-Dixon)

FARGO, N.D. -- Black Lives Matter members in the Fargo area say recent protests demanding systemic change are only the beginning. They say they'll keep pressing local leaders and community members to help end racism. The protests in Fargo following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota la

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