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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: Native American

More North Dakotans face homelessness, with this summer's unemployment rate almost triple what it was at the same time last year. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in North Dakota, social service support groups are asking the U.S. Senate to act quickly before its August recess and approve more emergency assistance. Many North Dakotans are on the brink of hunger and homelessness because of COVID-19-related

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

The Dakota Access oil pipeline, which began operating in 2017, is just downstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The project drew heavy protests while it was being constructed.  (

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Tribal leaders opposed to the Dakota Access oil pipeline say there's still a long way to go in their pursuit of permanently stopping its use. And the company that operates the pipeline says it will appeal a judge's ruling to temporarily shut it down. On Monday, a federal judge si

North Dakota's foreign-born population is only 3.9%, but it has seen large growth over the past decade. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N. D. -- As North Dakota's population becomes more diverse, state health officials are seeking guidance on how to better serve people arriving from other countries. A new panel aims to help with any gaps. This week, the New American/Foreign Born/Immigrant Advisory Board held its first me

A national group that monitors state legislatures says North Dakota is among the states with very little diversity in elected officials. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- Those demanding systemic change in North Dakota say more diversity in state government would be a good place to start. The calls are growing louder in light of protests across the globe. Fargo is among the cities where demonstrations have been held in response to the police killing

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)

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)

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

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservations is among those in the Dakotas to report a COVID-19 case. (Public Domain)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- In recent weeks, Native American tribes have tried some aggressive approaches in their efforts to prevent the coronavirus from ravaging their territories. But in the Dakotas, the virus has found its way to some reservations. Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota I

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