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PNS Daily Newscast - May 10, 2021 


Governor Ron DeSantis shuts the door on unemployment benefits; Montanna gains a congressional seat - now the focus is on redistricting.


2021Talks - May 7, 2021 


President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - ND: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Advocates for providing free lunches to all students say it's time to remove any stigma associated with meal-assistance programs. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota families facing hardships could see some relief from state lawmakers, with a bill that calls on the state to cover school meal expenses for all students over the next two years. This week, the House Education Committee heard testimony on House Bill 1413, which would s

North Dakota farmers, especially those who grow soybeans, say they've been hammered by trade policy. But the union representing farmers in the state is hopeful Ag Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack will be able to establish a better environment, if approved. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARK, N.D. - A key agriculture group in North Dakota sounds hopeful about President-elect Joe Biden's choice for agriculture secretary - despite the organization's preferred candidate not getting the nod. This week, former Iowa governor and USDA head Tom Vilsack was nominated to run the same ag

Over the past four years, North Dakota hunters have donated more than 7,000 pounds of deer and other wild game meat to food shelves across the state. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- During the pandemic, many North Dakota families have reported receiving help to avoid going hungry. Those concerns aren't going away, and an annual program that links hunting with food donations could provide a needed boost. During a recent ten-week span, the U.S. Census Bureau cond

In addition to expiring jobless benefits, economists say eviction rates are likely to soar because of the pandemic's ongoing effects. And in North Dakota, state law makes it easier for eviction cases to proceed. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- An anti-poverty group in North Dakota says extra federal unemployment benefits have shielded many laid-off workers from seeking assistance. But it acknowledged that things might change soon, and that existing challenges didn't come out of nowhere. There's been little indication that

At the onset of the pandemic, American consumers stocked up on meat products. But there's concern that supplies eventually will be affected by facility closures as more workers become infected. (Adobe Stock)

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FARGO, N.D. -- The pandemic is forcing some meat-processing plants to close in a handful of states, including the Dakotas, but one expert said it shouldn't be a big problem for consumers just yet. In South Dakota, a Smithfield Foods plant closed temporarily after hundreds of workers tested positive

The University of North Dakota says dozens of potential applicants already are awaiting its new Ph.D  program that focuses on indigenous health issues. (Adobe Stock)

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has approved a new Ph.D program at the University of North Dakota, where students can focus on the health issues facing indigenous people. The effort is being described as the first of its kind in the country. School officials say they

The group Lunch Aid says $58 million is the potential price tag for universal lunches in North Dakota's K-12 schools. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

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Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota's Legacy Fund has topped $6.3 billion – and one suggestion is that a fraction of that money could provide lunch for all the state's public school students. Student lunch debt for families of kids K-12 is becoming a problem. In Fargo Public Schools, for ins

About 9% of North Dakota households experienced food insecurity between 2015 and 2017. (kuarmungadd/Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Anti-hunger groups in North Dakota fear that a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will lead to more people going without food. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he wants to close a loophole in eligibility for SNAP benefits. Under the

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