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    PNS Daily News - June 27, 20160 


    We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s rundown including: human kindness shines in the wake of deadly flooding; Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in two new polls; and several injured during a white supremacist rally in California.

Public News Service - Idaho

A federal judge has ruled that the BLM cannot regulate fracking. (Environmental Defense Fund)

BOISE, Idaho – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to regu...Read More

Public News Service - ID

A screenshot from a video made at the Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen, which sparked Idaho's ag-gag law. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West. Last summer, a district court struck down Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law. The state appealed...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The federal government has denied permission to build a hydroelectric dam project on the Bear River. (Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United)

PRESTON, Idaho - A nearly 14-year battle to stop plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Bear River near Preston is over, after a federal decision on the project on Thursday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the application by Twin Lakes Canal Co. to build a 10-megawatt dam in an area p...Read More

Public News Service - ID

The view from Scotchman Peak of Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho panhandle. (Brett Holmes)

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Scotchman Peaks in the Northern Idaho panhandle deserves official protection as a wilderness area, according to a pitch being made this week in Washington, D.C., by leaders from Bonner County. They're traveling to the nation's capital as part of a national campaign to lobby lawm...Read More

Public News Service - ID

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Topics at the Idaho AFL-CIO Conference this week will be getting health insurance and higher wages to more Idahoans. (wavebreak/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - About 100 labor leaders from across the state will be in Boise on Monday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Idaho branch of the AFL-CIO and to plan the union's strategy for the next year. One big priority is Medicaid expansion. About 78,000 Idahoans are stuck in the coverage g...Read More

Public News Service - ID

AARP Idaho offers low-cost classes to prepare older drivers, and others who want to brush up on safe-driving tips, for summer. (Warren Goldswain/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - The summer driving season has begun and AARP Idaho has some helpful tips for older drivers that will also work for anyone behind the wheel. Before setting off on vacation, the first thing is to make sure the vehicle, including the air conditioning, is in working order, to prevent a...Read More

Public News Service - ID

Five conservation groups are suing the federal government to stop the killing of wolves in Idaho until an environmental assessment is done. (deborahcat/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho – Five conservation groups filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boise on Wednesday to stop federal wildlife agents from killing wolves in Idaho until the federal government completes an environmental impact statement. The complaint alleges that agents from the U.S. Department of...Read More

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