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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - ND: Criminal Justice

Fargo's proposed hate-crime ordinance would center around three existing underlying crimes, including criminal mischief, harassment and simple assault. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- Efforts to adopt a statewide hate-crime bill stalled in the North Dakota Legislature this year, but there's some action at the local level. In a preliminary vote this week, the Fargo City Commission advanced a measure, which would make hate crimes a 'Class B' misdemeanor. Violators w

A 2015 study by the National Center for State Courts found, in civil cases in certain U.S. jurisdictions, 76% involved at least one litigant who was self-represented. (Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. -- The movement to expand affordable legal services is receiving renewed focus, since a U.S. Supreme Court Justice made a public endorsement of the idea. Conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch recently wrote an op-ed for USA Today, calling on states to find creative ways for more Ame

According to one study provided by the Justice Department, murder rates of Native American women in some territories are 10 times higher than the national average for all races. (Adobe Stock)

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MANDAN, N.D. -- Native American groups hope the president will sign a measure designed to help law enforcement get a handle on a public safety issue plaguing tribal communities. The bill was inspired by the murder of a North Dakota woman three years ago. Earlier this week, Congress gave final appro

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

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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

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

The North Dakota Supreme Court soon could consider a rule change that would require state courts to collect racial data of criminal defendants. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The state court system in North Dakota has never had a requirement to collect racial data of court defendants. But a proposal with the state Supreme Court could change that. A committee assigned to examine the idea has been gathering feedback to see if state courts should record

ODARA consists of 13 questions police ask a domestic violence victim to assess the risk that their abuser might re-offend. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. – Law enforcement in a North Dakota county is testing out a tool that measures a domestic violence offender's likelihood of assaulting again. The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment, or ODARA, is an evidence-based questionnaire from Canadian police and health officials. Resea

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