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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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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

PHOTO: Several North Dakota cities are holding

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakotans will have a chance this weekend to reduce their risk for falling victim to identify theft. Several events on Saturday will offer free shredding of up to two boxes of personal documents. Dan Hendrickson, communications coordinator of the Better Business Burea

PHOTO: Counselors who have worked in North Dakota for decades say there is a growing trend of prescription drug abuse, but alcohol is still the most commonly abused. CREDIT: Jason Scrags

BEULAH, N.D. - Trends in drug abuse in the nation are continually changing, but one constant over the decades has been that alcohol is the most commonly abused substance. In North Dakota, the drinking culture is an even bigger problem, according to addiction counselor Darlene White. "Alcohol is al

PHOTO: Automatic spending cuts to the tune of $85-billion begin to take effect today under sequestration. In North Dakota, the cuts could total more than $25-million and public health is among the areas targeted. Photo credit: Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas.

FARGO, N.D. – Some $85 billion in automatic spending cuts nationwide begin to take effect Friday as mandated under broad federal budget cuts known as sequestration. The reductions will be rolled-out over the next seven months. Tim Trithart, chief executive officer with the Community Health

PHOTO: The rate of youth incarceration in North Dakota fell by 23% between 1997 and 2010, according to a new KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: amanderson2

BISMARCK, N.D. - The number of juvenile offenders who are confined in correctional facilities across the state has dropped dramatically, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the past 12 years, said Karen Olson, director of North Dakota Kids Count, the rate of youth confi

Fargo, ND – Every year, thousands of North Dakota women seek help to get away from domestic abuse situations, and the numbers aren't getting smaller. Janelle Moos with the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services says in 2006, more than 4,700 abuse cases were reported in the state. "We

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