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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

Public News Service - Idaho

GRAPH: The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy has analyzed a tax bill being considered by lawmakers, and says 80 percent of Idahoans would be paying higher taxes. Graph provided by Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy.

BOISE, Idaho - No more sales tax on food, a higher gas tax and a flat income-tax rate are all part of a proposal the Idaho Legislature is expected to take up this week and it's predicted lawmakers will wrap up the session by Friday. Lauren Necochea, director at the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy,...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: The Strengthening Families Training Institute gets underway today in Boise for two days of sharing tools to protect children from abuse and neglect. Photo credit:

BOISE, Idaho - Child abuse and neglect prevention, and healing for the abused are the focus of the Strengthening Families Training Institute, which gets underway Tuesday at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center for two days of sharing tools to protect children and families. Pat Stanislaski, directo...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Conservation groups have filed an objection to drilling plans designed to validate mining claims at the Golden Hand Mine in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho - A plan to allow dump trucks, bulldozers, new roads and drilling rigs into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has led to several conservation groups filing an objection. American Independence Mines and Minerals wants to work a claim at the old Golden Hand mine to validate ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

GRAPH: An analysis from Idaho Voices for Children shows how much is at stake for state and local budgets in extending Medicaid insurance to the thousands without health coverage. Graphic credit: Idaho Voices for Children.

BOISE, Idaho - Doing nothing comes with a price tag of $653 million for Idaho. A new report from Idaho Voices for Children adds up the economic impact of the Legislature's inaction on the Healthy Idaho Plan. The plan was recommended by the governor's Medicaid Redesign Workgroup as a public-private...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Transitioning the family farm or ranch to the next generation can be a contentious time, and family arguments aren't always about money. Photo credit: Benjamin Nelan/

BOISE, Idaho - When it's time to hand down the family farm or ranch to the next generation, it's not always a time of family harmony. In one-third of family operations, the average age of a farmer or rancher is 65 or more. As transitions become more common from one generation to the next, an expert...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Nuclear waste has a complicated history in Idaho, and many of those complications have resurfaced because of the shutdown of a waste storage site in New Mexico and a decision by the Governor to allow Idaho to accept spent nuclear fuel. The Snake River Alliance is holding meetin...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: An updated look at measuring poverty in Idaho shows when the effects of state and federal programs are taken into account, the number of children in poverty drops by 77,000. Photo credit: mcconnmama/

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho families experiencing tough economic times are faring better than previously reported. New research released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines child poverty with a tool from the U.S. Census Bureau that is more detailed than the federal standard, and it finds fede...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Volunteers are standing by at 48 locations in Idaho to help folks file their income tax returns for free. The Tax-Aide program from AARP Idaho helped more than 32,000 file last year. Photo credit: PT Money/Flickr

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The doors are open for free tax preparation and filing in Idaho through the AARP Tax-Aide program. And with new Affordable Care Act rules to sort through, the experts are ready to help folks with documentation. Duane Brown in Coeur d'Alene has been helping peop...Read More

Public News Service - ID

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