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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - ND: Native American

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

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 University of North Dakota says dozens of potential applicants already are awaiting its new Ph.D  program that focuses on indigenous health issues. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has approved a new Ph.D program at the University of North Dakota, where students can focus on the health issues facing indigenous people. The effort is being described as the first of its kind in the country. School officials say they

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program received $18 million in funding in fiscal year 2019. (alfexe/Adobe Stock)

BELCOURT, N.D. -- It's tax season, and a nationwide program is helping low-income North Dakotans prepare their returns for free. Legal Services of North Dakota is working with the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program. It's available to folks wh

A Trump administration proposal would exempt some large infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, from environmental review. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

BISMARCK, S.D. -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to one Native American activist. The change to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the scope of environmenta

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

The Dakota Access pipeline currently ships about 500,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A public hearing is scheduled to evaluate a request to double the amount of crude oil flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The North Dakota Public Service Commission has announced a hearing for Nov. 13 on Energy Transfer Partners' plan to ship roughly 1.1 million barr

Green The Rez campaign backers want North and South Dakota to develop renewable-energy standards of 50% by 2030. (Lakota People's Law Project)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Once at the center of a pipeline fight, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is developing a green way out of reliance on fossil fuels. The Lakota People's Law Project is leading a campaign known as "Green The Rez" to create a renewable-energy blueprint for the people of Standing R

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

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