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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 


    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Public News Service - Idaho

Idaho will receive $500,000 to restore habitat for sage-grouse after recent summers' devastating wildland fires. (twildlife/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in Boise today to announce $10 million in funding for projects to help Western landscapes bounce back after a wildfire. The projects include about $500,000 for the Bureau of Land Management to remove invasive juniper trees that have grown after...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Solar will be a hot topic at today's clean-energy conference sponsored by the North West Energy Coalition. (Alternative Energy Resources Organization)

BOISE, Idaho - Replacing coal power, promoting renewables, and energy efficiency in Idaho and the neighboring states will be hot topics at today's annual conference of the Northwest Energy Coalition in Missoula, Montana. The nonprofit advocacy group counts dozens of Idaho groups among its members, ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Today is the statewide primary election for all non-presidential races in Idaho. (vepar5/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - Today is primary election day for all non-presidential races in Idaho and many groups across the state are urging voters to make their voices heard. The races to be decided include school bond measures, the makeup of the state Supreme Court, and many state legislators who could infl...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Mariah Walton, whose parents denied her medical care, stars in several TV commercials, part of the 'Let Them Live' campaign. (Protect Idaho Kids)

BOISE, Idaho - A series of commercials begin airing this week as part of the 'Let Them Live' campaign to repeal exemptions to child abuse laws that allow faith-healing groups to deny their children medical care. The exemptions, put in place in 1974, shield from prosecution parents whose religious...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The public comment period on a proposal to take the Yellowstone Grizzly off the endangered species list ends today. (skeeze/pixabay)

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Idaho - If you want to have your say about the feds' proposal to take the Yellowstone Grizzly off the endangered species list, now is your last chance. The online public comment period ends today, and so far more than 3,300 people have weighed in. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Conservation advocates are launching a Solarize the Valley campaign in three Idaho counties.(cleanenergy.org)

BOISE, Idaho – Clean energy advocates are launching a campaign this week called Solarize the Valley, an effort to promote renewable energy in the Treasure Valley by offering free estimates and a lower price on solar installations. The kickoff event is this Thursday night at North End Organic...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. (Idaho Rivers United)

BOISE, Idaho - A big victory for wild fish in Idaho on Wednesday, as a District Court judge in Portland, Oregon, invalidated the 2014 Columbia Basin salmon biological opinion or "bi-op." The judge didn't think the plan by federal agencies did enough to prevent the extinction of endangered salmon and...Read More

Public News Service - ID

A new report shows the state has sold off 1.7 million acres of land over the past century, many for industrial uses that cut off public access, such as this gravel pit near Boise. (Brad Brooks, The Wilderness Society)

BOISE, Idaho - In its history, the state of Idaho has sold 1.7 million acres of land to private interests, according to an analysis of land sale records by The Wilderness Society. In a report released today called "Sold! Idaho lands - and recreation access - lost to the highest bidder," the societ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

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