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    PNS Daily Newscast- Wednesday, May 4th, 20160 


    Here's what's making news today: A big shake up in the presidential race after Indiana's primary, parents may be over-medicating preschoolers who have ADHD, and millions more vehicles are joining a big recall.

Public News Service - Idaho

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

Wednesday is international Denim Day, an observance when everyone is asked to wear jeans to show their support for victims of sexual assault. (jppi/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for victims of sexual assault are calling on people to wear denim tomorrow for international Denim Day. It began in 1992, when a judge in Italy overturned a rape conviction, saying that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, ther...Read More

Public News Service - ID

A new report examines the toll mass incarceration takes on Idaho's children. (Kconnors/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - About 35,000 children, or eight percent of kids in Idaho, have been separated from a parent by incarceration, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzed criminal justice statistics and found nationally, seven percent of children, or more than 5 million, grow u...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The Atlanta Gold arsenic removal pond has proven ineffective, according to conservation groups who have announced their intention to sue over discharges into the Boise River. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - Conservation groups announced Tuesday they plan to sue the Atlanta Gold Corporation over discharges of arsenic into the Boise River from the company's mine near Atlanta, Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League, known as ICL, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center say that the c...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The Bureau of Land Management is holding public informational open houses all this week to explain the controversial proposed Gateway West Transmission Line project. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - This week, the public can learn more about the massive 1,100 mile Gateway West Transmission Line project at several open houses hosted by the Bureau of Land Management. There are events today in Boise and Kuna, one tomorrow in Twin Falls and one Thursday in Murphy. Experts will be a...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may have to reconsider its decision not to list the wolverine as an endangered species, in light of a recent court ruling. (Conservation Northwest Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project)

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is denying claims that it ignored the science and used political considerations when it decided not to list the wolverine as an endangered species. Several conservation groups had sued the agency, and last week a judge ruled that Fish and Wildlife ha...Read More

Public News Service - ID

April 12 is Equal Pay Day, highlighting the pay gap between men and women which, in Idaho, is substantial. (calgrin/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of additional days the average American woman would have to work just to earn the same amount her male counterpart made in 2015. In terms of equal pay, a new study from the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress ranks Idaho fifth...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Voting-rights advocates are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the

BOISE, Idaho - Voting-rights advocates are declaring victory, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided unanimously on Monday to reject a push to draw state legislative districts based on voter registration figures. Instead, the high court elected to keep the current system, that draws state districts...Read More

Public News Service - ID

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