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PNS Daily News - March 22, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s rundown including: a party divided – the President tries to muster more Republican votes to pass a new health care law; Judge Gorsuch pressed on his positions; and marking a “monumental” anniversary and a win for public lands.

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Public News Service - ND: Welfare Reform

North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security. With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing sol

A four-year plan to provide job training for hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors is under review. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today is the final day for public comments on a four-year plan to continue bringing part-time jobs and training to hundreds of low-income North Dakota seniors. The federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is intended to help about 300 North Dakotans who ar

According to AARP, every presidential hopeful except Donald Trump has made public at least a few ideas to protect Social Security. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota voters head to the state political conventions this weekend, advocates for the state's aging population are urging the presidential hopefuls to make Social Security updates a priority. If no action is taken, according to AARP North Dakota, Social Security benefits co

The Corporation for Enterprise Development is asking Congress to boost funding for free tax services to help millions of low-income tax filers. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Anti-poverty advocates are urging Congress to renew a free national tax-preparation service, which the advocates say helps millions of low-income taxpayers, including thousands in North Dakota. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, has been around for 45 years. The

Child-welfare experts are in Mandan for the 15th Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Hundreds of child-protection workers, teachers and foster parents are expected to be at today's kick off for North Dakota's 15th annual Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference. The idea behind the meeting in Mandan is to help Native American families and communities provide be

PHOTO: AARP North Dakota State Director Janis Cheney says expanding Medicaid would allow up to 30,000 more poor North Dakotans to access health care. Courtesy AARP-ND.

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota lawmakers will take testimony today as they consider whether the state should expand its Medicaid program. AARP North Dakota is among the groups that support the expansion, says state director Janis Cheney. "It is a significant enhancement of services that will impact

Bismarck, ND – The North Dakota House of Representatives turned a lot of heads at the State Capitol on Monday by shooting down an expansion of kids' healthcare coverage for the second time this session. Lawmakers voted to kill the expansion of the S-CHIP program that provides health insurance

Bismarck, ND – When the North Dakota Legislature begins its 61st session next week, it will decide on a two-year budget. Don Morrison, executive director of the nonpartisan, progressive advocacy group NDPeople.org, believes the expected one billion dollar surplus is a golden opportunity to mak

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