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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - ND: Criminal Justice

More than 80 percent of Native American women report experiencing violence, according to the National Crime Information Database. (Lindsey G/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend, the country will recognize the violence Native American women face. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven – R, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp – D, led an effort in Congress to mark Saturday as the first National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous W

Introducing Savanna's Act, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, is raising awareness about violence against Native American women. (Jay Mallin/Housing Assistance Council)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The murder of a Native American woman in North Dakota has inspired lawmakers in Congress to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Native women. The bill from North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is known as Savanna's Act for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant 22-year-old Fargo

Youth First Initiative released a new poll showing about 77 percent of Americans favor changing the focus of the juvenile justice system from incarceration to rehabilitation.  (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A juvenile justice reform group wants 80 of the country's oldest and largest youth prisons closed down, including one in North Dakota. The North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan is home to more than 100 young offenders. But the Youth First Initiative says such facilit

People who get caught paying for sex in North Dakota could soon end up in john school. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and there's a move in North Dakota to curb one major cause of the problem. The state's new so-called "john school" law went into effect on January 1. Democratic state Sen. Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) sponsored the bipartisa

North Dakotans can now anonymously report suspected cases of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults with a new phone hotline (1-855-462-5465). Credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr.<br />

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the population of North Dakota growing older, the state is taking more action to help better protect the also-growing number of elderly and vulnerable adults subject to possible abuse, neglect and exploitation. The North Dakota Department of Human Services today launches a ne

A new multi-agency law enforcement effort in North Dakota looks to crack down on sex trafficking and other serious crimes. Credit: madame.furie/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – A major crackdown on crime is coming to oil-rich western North Dakota with the creation of the Bakken Organized Crime Strike Force. The effort is aimed at identifying, targeting and dismantling organized crime in the region, including drug and weapons smuggling, white collar

PHOTO: The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in full force today, hoping the added visibility will be a reminder for motorists to stay safe over the holidays. Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Today is traditionally one of the busiest travel days in North Dakota, and those hitting the roads for Thanksgiving can expect to see plenty of law enforcement keeping it safe along the way. Lieutenant Tom Iverson with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says they'll be conducting a sta

PHOTO: Legislators, law enforcement, health professionals and substance-abuse treatment providers are gathering Thursday in Bismarck for a summit on prescription drug abuse. Photo credit: E-Magine Art/Flickr.<br />

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is taking steps to head off the spread of prescription drug abuse, which continues to be a growing problem across the country. While the rate of prescription drug abuse in the state is lower than the national average, North Dakota has seen an upward trend. Pamela Sagn

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