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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - ND: Civic Engagement

Approval voting had been used for electing leadership for associations before entering the U.S. electoral system in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- This week's municipal election in Fargo ushered in a new approach to the democratic process, as the city became the first in the nation to try "approval voting." The system allows a voter to endorse as many people in a multi-candidate race as he or she likes. However, there aren't mu

To avoid an undercount of young children in the 2020 Census, North Dakota created a Complete Count Task Force, formed through an executive order by Gov. Doug Burgum. The task force includes a tribal subcommittee. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Making sure all children are counted is a common theme for the 2020 Census. The number of young children missed in previous counts has grown steadily, and North Dakota officials worry about those in Native American families. An estimated 2 million children weren't counted in th

North Dakota residents will vote by mail for the June primary, but Native American groups worry that tribal members will encounter a new set of access issues. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota voters will not go to the polls for the June 9 primary and will instead cast their ballots by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. That leaves the state and Native American groups scrambling to ensure that tribal members can make their vote count. Nicole Donag

Organizers of a recreational marijuana ballot initiative in North Dakota say they're not giving up, but the pandemic will delay their efforts. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The group behind a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota is no longer trying for this fall's election. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the group Legalize ND is now aiming for 2022. In a recent message posted on social media, Legalize ND said

North Dakota has required photo identification of its residents to cast election ballots since 2004. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Years of legal wrangling between the state of North Dakota and American Indian tribes appear to be over. The two sides have reached a settlement over enforcement of a voter ID law. The statute requires residents to provide a street address in order to cast a ballot, but tribal lea

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in states like North Dakota, a growing proportion of residents ages 55 and older are either working or looking for work. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARK, N.D. - North Dakota is once again applying for federal grant money to fund its work-training program for older, low-income workers. Officials hope to raise awareness at a time when they say there are many opportunities for folks in this age group. Public comments are being accepted about

About 1 in 4 Social Security recipients in North Dakota relies on the money for 90% or more of their income. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the holidays coming to a close, some folks already are gearing up for another stressful time: tax season. But some North Dakotans could find it a bit easier to pay Uncle Sam in 2020. About 30,000 older adults will no longer have to pay a state income tax on their Social Sec

The battle over oil pipelines continues three years after the Standing Rock protests. (PhotoImage/Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from Keystone XL in North Dakota and a proposal to expand the Dakota Access Pipeline, those protests continue to echo. Chase Iron Eyes, a

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