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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

Nearly 50 percent of North Dakota is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the two highest stages of drought. (National Drought Mitigation Center)

SOUTH HEART, N.D. – North Dakota farmer Bob Kuylen says he's mowed his lawn once this summer. Normally it's at least once a week. Kuylen farms near South Heart in the southwestern part of the state, colored the darkest red on drought maps, marking that the area is in the highest stage of d

Beekeepers only saw a 33 percent dip in colony numbers over the last year, a smaller decrease than in years past. (Marisa Lubec/U.S. Geological Survey)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A group has chosen North Dakota to demonstrate and collect data on the best practices for managing bees, as the species faces diminishing numbers nationwide. North Dakota's choice for the Bee Integrated Demonstration Project by the Honey Bee Health Coalition is no surprise.

North Dakota farmers and ranchers are worried cuts to food stamps could endanger the nutrition title in next year's farm bill. (Samir Luther/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota are speaking out against the Trump administration's proposed cuts to food assistance. A quarter of the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) budget would be slashed over the next decade if members of Congress follow the

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has become integral to the GOP's efforts to pass health-care reform. (Bob Nichols/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

FARGO, N.D – Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota has become a key vote for Republicans looking to pass health-care reform. As support for the legislation waned, including from Hoeven, leaders in the Senate pushed back a vote on their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. With the

The flagship Founding Farmers restaurant near the White House has been the most requested restaurant for dinner reservations anywhere in the U.S. on the website OpenTable.com for five years running.  (Founding Farmers/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A number of Washington-area restaurants are serving food from a faraway place: North Dakota's family farms. There are five Founding Farmers restaurants located in and around the nation's capital with another two on the way. The restaurants' message? Small farms across the

A new grant in North Dakota helps first responders coordinate with hospitals for faster care of stroke victims. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A new grant will help streamline North Dakota's response system for stroke victims, especially in rural parts of the state. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is teaming up with the American Heart Association to fund the Association's Mission: Lifeline Strok

About 4.7 percent of doctors in North Dakota are part of the H-1B visa program, the highest rate in the country. (sasint/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Medical professionals in North Dakota are facing pressure from all sides, feeling the pains of a growing shortage of doctors and potential changes to a visa program that helps supply doctors and wondering what will happen to health insurance at the federal level. President D

North Dakota is the largest producer of barley and many other cereal grains in the United States. (Krista Lundgren/USFWS)

BISMARCK, N.D. – While negotiations over the next farm bill in Congress may seem distant, North Dakota farmers hope the 2018 bill can make their work more sustainable. The improving economy has helped the country dig out of the Great Recession, but it also means farmers are getting less for wh

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