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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public housing advocates are welcoming federal dollars to help fix up existing units in North Dakota, but they say much more funding is needed. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – With more than $2 million now heading to refurbish public housing in North Dakota, advocates for the state's homeless population are praising the move from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fifteen counties in the state will use the money primarily to impr

New numbers show reports of sex trafficking in North Dakota went up in 2015. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Hotline calls about human trafficking are up in North Dakota. Polaris, a nonprofit group that runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, fielded calls on 19 cases in 2015, three more than the year before. This includes calls on 15 cases of sex trafficking

The Supreme Court declined to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban, effectively blocking the 2013 law permanently. (Morguefile.com/Kconnors)

BISMARCK, N.D. -Women's health advocates are praising the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing on Monday to review North Dakota's six-week abortion ban. The move upholds a lower-court ruling from last year that blocked the state's controversial "fetal heartbeat" law. Critics claimed the legislation, one

Supreme Court justices will be considering an appeal over North Dakota's abortion ban. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - After refusing to hear arguments this week on Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban, the U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide to take a look at North Dakota's six-week abortion ban. A district judge declared the Roughrider State's ban unconstitutional two years ago. The state then appea

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

PHOTO: North Dakota is considering a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in the state, which could allow for up to 30,000 more residents to be covered.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is considering whether to expand the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the Affordable Care Act. Among the supporters of such action is AARP of North Dakota. Associate State Director for Advocacy Josh Askvig says expanding the program would allow more of those

PHOTO: Food shelf use in North Dakota is up 6.5% this year. Courtesy Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

FARGO, N.D. - Despite North Dakota's oil boom and low jobless rate, people there still struggle to put food on the table. Jessica Arneson, agency relations manager with the Great Plains Food Bank, says the number seeking help through Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota programs this year is up.

BISMARCK, N.D. - In these days of nasty political ads, there is something refreshing gaining popularity on YouTube - a North Dakota singer-songwriter who has come up with a song that brings attention to problems in the drilling fields of the western part of the state. Kris Kitko says the state's le

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