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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Public News Service - Idaho

The Idaho Democratic Caucus is making some changes this year. (vepar5/iStockphotos)

BOISE, Idaho - With the Iowa caucuses fresh in people's minds the Democratic Party is making some big changes in the Idaho presidential caucus. The changes are designed to increase the state's influence and raise the number of people who attend the caucus. The Democratic National Committee has aw...Read More

Public News Service - ID

A new report shows Idaho's working poor is still struggling after the recession ended. (cohdra/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Almost half of Idaho households are stuck in a "new normal" of financial insecurity, lacking enough savings to pay the bills for three months in the event of an emergency. That's one finding in a new report from the nonprofit consumer advocacy group, the Corporation for Enterprise D...Read More

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A new policy brief suggests says to help lower-income families establish savings without risking their access to public assistance. (Dodgerton skillhause/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho – The government can make it easier for families to sock away money for emergencies, college or retirement by implementing a few changes, according to a new policy brief out this week. The brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is called "Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Familie...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Opposition to federal management of public lands is a longstanding idea in Idaho and underpins support among some in the Gem State for the protesters currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (ostephy/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Some of the ideas behind the standoff in Oregon this week, in which anti-government protesters have seized buildings on a federal wildlife refuge, have been floating around for years in Idaho. More than 60 percent of the Gem State is comprised of federally owned land. A few years ago...Read More

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Clean-power groups are pushing for more renewables and full compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan in 2016. (xandert/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - As 2016 draws near, clean-power groups are looking ahead to the work still to be done to implement new federal mandates and move toward more renewables. By September, the state has to submit a plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, which sets targets for reduction of gree...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The most caring city in America? A new national ranking says it's Boise. (knowlesgallery/iStock)

BOISE, Idaho - After a month of headlines critical of its shutdown of the Cooper Court homeless encampment, a new report may be the closest thing to redemption for Boise. The group WalletHub has ranked Idaho's capital the "Most Caring City in America." The group said it rated the country's 100 bigg...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Cows in Bettencourt Dairy, the case that sparked Idaho's "ag-gag" law. It was invalidated in August and the state is now appealing. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho - Animal-welfare groups are slamming Idaho's attempt to revive the state's Agricultural Security Act, which critics call an "ag-gag" law. The state is appealing a federal judge's decision in August to invalidate the law, which made it illegal to secretly film animal abuse on farms. The...Read More

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Idaho Children's Trust Fund has tips for enjoying the holidays as a family. Credit: reim11/morguefile

BOISE, Idaho - During the holidays, parents can get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping and parties, and sometimes forget that the best present you can give is actually being present. That's the message this season from the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. Taryn Yates, grant manager/planner with th...Read More

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