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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

North Dakota

The AFL-CIO said in 2022, the Black workers' job fatality rate in the U.S. was the highest it has been in nearly 15 years. (Adobe Stock)
Report: ND again ranks high for workplace danger

North Dakota has not managed to substantially reverse its rate of workplace fatalities. An annual report puts the state in the top five in the …

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In making it easier to obtain a master's degree in nursing, officials with North Dakota's University of Jamestown say they can close gaps in turning out more nursing educators. The industry has been plagued with shortages in those who can train future nurses. (Adobe Stock)
Technology, flexibility at core of new ND nursing degree program

When students return to a North Dakota college this fall, some will be in a new nursing program. Leaders say not only will it help with workforce …

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The Environmental Defense Fund said methane emissions from oil and gas wells, including abandoned sites which were never capped, remain a significant driver of short-term climate change. (Adobe Stock)
North Dakota gets more federal funds to cap abandoned oil wells

A new round of federal funding is coming North Dakota's way to help plug dozens of abandoned oil wells. The U.S. Department of the Interior this …

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A new Urban Institute report showed in 2023, adults with very low food security were more likely to experience debt repayment challenges if they turned to things like credit cards to pay for groceries. (Adobe Stock)
For some families, paying with plastic is a lifeline at the grocery store

North Dakota is in the top half of states for average weekly grocery bills and a new national report detailed how consumer debt is bridging the gap fo…

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Gallup polls show Americans are increasingly losing trust in key professions, although high school teachers still rank fairly high overall in ethics ratings. (Adobe Stock)
Teacher Appreciation Week: ND talks center around perks, perception

It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and in North Dakota, the tone is a little different this year - with deeper conversations about the need to keep …

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Calls for building out vast electric-vehicle charging networks have become a thorny issue in oil-producing states such as North Dakota. But EV owners say elected leaders need to realize some automakers are still making a strong push, despite their opposition. (Adobe Stock)
EV owners in ND: Less politics, more charging stations

It might not be surprising that North Dakota ranks low for electric vehicle adoption, but existing owners say they are frustrated elected officials …

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Nearly two dozen states and Washington D.C. have legalized adult-use cannabis. (Adobe Stock)
When pot and small-town dynamics collide

Petitions are being circulated to get a marijuana legalization question on North Dakota's fall ballot. Some local officials said marijuana laws …

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North Dakota agriculture officials say there are about 1.85 million beef cattle around the state. For processed livestock that winds up on store shelves, regional producers stand to gain more competitive ground under new federal rules concerning
"Product of USA" label for meat items could carry more weight under new rule

Big players in the beef and poultry industry face pressure to prepare for a new federal rule for "Product of USA" labels. And advocates for smaller …

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North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are among the states included in a proposed pipeline project pitched by Summit Carbon Solutions, where emissions from ethanol plants would be captured and stored underground. (Adobe Stock)
New hearings, same arguments on both sides for ND pipeline project

A round of public testimony wrapped up this week as part of renewed efforts by a company seeking permit approval in North Dakota for an underground pi…

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Despite making up more than 5% of North Dakota's population, fewer than 2% of state legislators are Native American. Advocates said with more Native candidates running, the gap could soon begin to shrink in the coming years. (Adobe Stock)
ND sees flurry of campaigning among Native candidates

North Dakota's June 11 primary is inching closer and those running for legislative seats are trying to win over voters, including Native American …

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Native American tribes and support organizations have pursued several lawsuits since the 2020 redistricting cycle, in hopes of securing fair political boundaries. There is also a push to get more tribes to be active when maps are drawn, so legal action will not be necessary. (Adobe Stock)
Tribal advocates keep up legal pressure for fair political maps

Across the U.S., most political boundaries tied to the 2020 Census have been in place for a while, but a national project on map fairness for …

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Census data show more than 100,000 North Dakotans have some college credits, but no degree. Unpaid tuition or other school debt is cited as one reason why it's hard for these individuals to re-enroll. (Adobe Stock)
ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students

This summer, colleges and universities will have to comply with a new federal rule and not withhold students' transcripts over unpaid tuition and …

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