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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - ND: Consumer

In North Dakota, roughly 30% of business owners are women. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Before the pandemic, North Dakota received high marks for its environment for women business owners. As these entrepreneurs are celebrated today on American Women Business Day, advocates also worry about the effect the crisis is having on women and their careers. According to som

Demands are growing to extend more eviction protections for households affected by the economic crisis, as temporary eviction moratoriums have expired at the federal level and in a number of states. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Concerns are growing about a potential wave of evictions in the pandemic and economic crisis. Legal Services of North Dakota said it hasn't yet seen a spike in demand for assistance in stopping evictions, but another housing-related problem could emerge. With the eviction morato

Federal officials say the median loss for North Dakota fraud victims is $258. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- The Federal Trade Commission says North Dakota residents have lost a combined $116,000 from fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Consumer protection experts say to keep that number from rising, old and new safeguards need to be followed. North Dakotans have been targeted by COVI

Suspicions of price-fixing within the beef industry have been around for years but have intensified in 2020, leading to federal investigations. (Adobe Stock)

DRAKE, N.D. - Calls are growing louder for changes within the beef industry to create fairness for farmers and ranchers struggling to compete with larger operations. A group of producers in North Dakota says it has solutions for policymakers to consider. This week, a livestock committee with the N

In addition to expiring jobless benefits, economists say eviction rates are likely to soar because of the pandemic's ongoing effects. And in North Dakota, state law makes it easier for eviction cases to proceed. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. -- An anti-poverty group in North Dakota says extra federal unemployment benefits have shielded many laid-off workers from seeking assistance. But it acknowledged that things might change soon, and that existing challenges didn't come out of nowhere. There's been little indication that

As opposed to a temporary eviction ban, Gov. Doug Burgum has said more targeted actions, such as emergency relief program, are better ways to help people struggling with their rent during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

MINOT, N.D. -- North Dakota's refusal to issue a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has angered several groups. But one organization says the state needs more long-term solutions to protect renters, while urging people to take swift action if they can't pay housing costs. Ho

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)

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

In March, live cattle futures dropped 3.5% on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while demand for beef was skyrocketing. That has producers worried about price manipulation in the beef markets. (Adobe Stock)

FORBES, N.D. -- Beef producers in North Dakota are calling on federal officials to look into the possibility of market manipulation. They say a recent drop in prices is hurting them, but benefiting others in the industry. Those raising the concerns point to a 91% increase in beef demand last mon

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