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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - ND: Civic Engagement

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)

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)

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)

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

NEW TOWN, N.D. – The Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting this year features a documentary on the people of a North Dakota town when the Bakken oil boom hit. "My Country No More" is about the western farm town of Trenton from 2011 to 2016, when industry – and money – flooded

Public Citizen found nearly two-thirds of former members of Congress have gone on to work for groups that seek to influence federal policies. (dima_sidelnikov/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - When members of Congress leave office, an industry lobbying role often is in their future. A new report says states such as North Dakota could provide a model to help the federal government slow this revolving door. The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen applauded North Dakota

For first time, Pride Month will be celebrated on the lawn of North Dakota's Capitol. (Dustin White/Dakota OutRight)

BISMARCK, – Pride Month is coming to North Dakota's capital city next weekend. The state's LGBTQ community has events planned June 14 through 16 in Bismarck, including a riverboat cruise, drag show and multi-faith service and potluck. The community also is taking the celebration to the State

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota is preparing for the 2020 U.S. census. (Neeta Lind/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the official launch of the 2020 U.S. census less than a year away, Native American communities are ramping up efforts to ensure that everyone is represented. Early outreach could be critical for an accurate count in North Dakota, where about 40% of Native Americans live in har

Opponents of a bill to increase penalties for protesters believe the legislation is a response to the Standing Rock protests. (Becker1999/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N. D. - A bill that would crack down on protests of infrastructure such as fossil-fuel pipelines is making its way through the North Dakota Legislature. Senate Bill 2044 would increase criminal penalties for people who damage, tamper with or impede the construction of critical infrastruct

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