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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - ND: Energy Policy

Congress approved the federal CARES Act last spring to provide relief amid the evolving pandemic. But over time, some of the spending has come into question, including how some states have distributed the money. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- COVID-19 relief spending by North Dakota officials is drawing scrutiny. A pair of watchdogs question why the state is using CARES Act money for fracking grants. In late October, the state approved $16 million in federal assistance for the oil and gas industry, which ended up rece

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.  (insideclimatenews.org)

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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

Industry observers say the coal industry isn't just closing smaller, inefficient plants. Larger plants also are being phased out due to shifts in the energy market. (Adobe Stock)

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UNDERWOOD, N.D. -- North Dakota leaders want to find a new owner for the state's largest coal-fired power plant, which is slated to close in 2022. But environmental groups say that's the wrong way to go. Minnesota-based Great River Energy has announced it will close the Coal Creek Station, citing

State officials in North Dakota recently estimated that oil production across the region was down nearly 300,000 barrels a day following the market crash. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The oil market crash has created a wave of concerns in North Dakota. In addition to economic damage, environmental groups worry about what happens to the glut of oil sitting in storage. North Dakota is among the top five oil-producing states in the U.S., but state officials say

A Trump administration proposal would exempt some large infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, from environmental review. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, S.D. -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to one Native American activist. The change to the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the scope of environmenta

The battle over oil pipelines continues three years after the Standing Rock protests. (PhotoImage/Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from Keystone XL in North Dakota and a proposal to expand the Dakota Access Pipeline, those protests continue to echo. Chase Iron Eyes, a

Meridian Energy has proposed an oil refinery within three miles of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Amy Meredith/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – The struggle over an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the hands of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Key groups await the justices' decision on the case focusing on the state Public Service Commission's decision not to require a siting permit for the Me

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NEW TOWN, N.D. – The Dakota Resource Council's annual meeting this year features a documentary on the people of a North Dakota town when the Bakken oil boom hit. "My Country No More" is about the western farm town of Trenton from 2011 to 2016, when industry – and money – flooded

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