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PNS Weekend Newscast - April 29th, 2017 


Here's what's happening: Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for 100 days, the People's Climate march on Washington is taking place today, and another missle launch from North Korea.

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Public News Service - ND: Women's Issues

Thousands of North Dakota parents who are behind in child support payments are getting some unique help to catch up. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - With Father's Day just around the corner, North Dakota officials are now offering some forgiveness for parents who've been late on their child support payments. For the first time the state's child support service is setting up what's called the Amnesty Project for parents who ow

With April being STD Awareness Month, state health officials are urging sexually active North Dakotans to take simple steps to protect themselves. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is STD Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to safeguard themselves through some simple steps: Talk. Test. Treat. According to the latest numbers, incidents of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis,

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

New research shows a national drop in unintended pregnancies, but not for all women. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. rate for unintended pregnancies is at its lowest level in decades, according to new research. Looking at numbers from 2008 to 2011, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute have said the rate of unplanned pregnancies dropped to a 30-year low. Fewer unintended pregnancies le

Flu cases are expected to rise in North Dakota, but there still is time to get vaccinated. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota residents still have time to get vaccinated against influenza this flu season, and they may need it. State health officials say the worst may be yet to come. According to the North Dakota Department of Health, at least five outbreaks of influenza-like illnesses have be

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

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