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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


UPDATE: At least 8 people dead and more wounded after a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis; Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Public News Service - ND: Civic Engagement

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

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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)

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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

June 17 is a national

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FARGO, N.D. -- As the nation confronts a host of major issues, labor groups in the Fargo area are joining a national movement to call for systemic change to help people living on the margins. The "Workers First Caravan" is to run through downtown Fargo this evening. Labor unions, including the Nort

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

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