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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Public News Service - Idaho

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/Pixabay.com.

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/pixabay.com

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

PHOTO: About 500 hunters, anglers, and fans of outdoor recreation rallied on the Statehouse steps today for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - About 500 people are expected on the Idaho Statehouse steps at 12 noon Thursday for the "keep public lands in public hands" rally. The Idaho Legislature has been exploring options to transfer control of most federal public lands to the state, with backers saying the state could do a ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

GRAPHIC: The School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center shows that more breakfasts are being served to love-income students in Idaho, ranking the state 17th best in the nation. Graphic courtesy of FRAC.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho is maintaining its grades when it comes to serving a nutritious breakfast to low-income students. According to the School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center, more breakfasts are being served, ranking Idaho 17th best; the state was 16th last year. Regi...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: High-speed, broadband Internet would be classified as a utility under a proposal from the FCC, and such regulation could mean service would be extended to rural areas. Credit: PublicDomainPictures/pixabay.com

BOISE, Idaho - High-speed, broadband Internet would be classified as a utility under a proposal expected later this month from the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined the plan yesterday saying the regulations are needed to keep service providers from blocking acces...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

BOISE, Idaho - Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming near the Idaho border is going too far according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Bonnie Rice, Northern Rockies senior representative with the Sierra Club, one of the group...Read More

Public News Service - ID

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