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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 


    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Idaho

Photo: The latest Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act may provide confidence in the system, but there are still nearly 80,000 Idahoans who don't quality or can't afford the coverage. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a key component of the Affordable Care Act - the legality of payment subsidies in certain situations. Seventy-six thousand Idahoans have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, yet there are 78,000 who don't qualify for...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Forty volunteers trained last weekend to become citizen scientists for monarch butterflies.  Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho's state insect is the monarch butterfly, but very little is known about monarchs in Idaho, or milkweed - which monarchs use exclusively for breeding. About 40 volunteers spent the weekend learning how to monitor monarchs and milkweed. A new federal grant of $170,000 will ...Read More

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PHOTO: About 300 cyclists of all ages will hit the road tomorrow in Ontario, Ore., for the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger, raising money for the Oregon Food Bank. Photo courtesy of the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger.

ONTARIO, Ore. - About 300 cyclists are hitting the road in Ontario on Saturday for the Great Owyhee Ride Against Hunger. Routes range from 15 to 100 miles for all abilities, winding through Malheur County. In nine years, said organizer Kevin Goade, the Great Owyhee Ride has gained a reputation for ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: The Snake River Alliance is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to clarify the limits on  spent nuclear fuel being shipped to Idaho from a commercial nuclear power plant in Virginia. 2009 aerial view of INL courtesy of Department of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – Nuclear waste has long been a hot potato between Idaho and the federal government, and the Snake River Alliance wants the Department of Energy to clarify long-term plans. Twenty-five spent fuel rods from a commercial plant in Virginia may be shipped to the Idaho National Labor...Read More

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PHOTO: Idaho is the top 10 in successfully serving summer meals to low-income students, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Photo courtesy of USDA.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Idaho is serving up a winner for children when it comes to summer nutrition. A report from the Food Research and Action Center shows Idaho is in the top 10 when it comes to feeding low-income children when school is out for the summer. The Gem State reached about 23 percent of th...Read More

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PHOTO: Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - Idaho's sagebrush sea is part of a set of new proposals from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service that would oversee fire risks, development and wildlife habitat. Sagebrush landscapes are home to greater sage-grouse and 350 other species, as well as prime ran...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Idaho receives kudos in a new report that grades states on their rates of placing children in foster or next-of-kin families instead of group homes, when children have to be removed from their families.

BOISE, Idaho – A 92 percent is a good grade, but there's still room for improvement. Idaho is one of the nation's leaders in making sure kids in the care of the child welfare system are placed in family settings - not group homes or institutions - with only about 100 kids statewide still in ne...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: The Idaho Legislature meets in a special session today to consider a bill that would bring Idaho into compliance on child-support enforcement standards. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - A North Idaho mom says she has her fingers crossed today, as the Idaho Legislature meets in a special session to consider a bill that would bring Idaho into compliance on child-support enforcement standards. It's legislation that affects nearly one in four Idaho kids, according to ...Read More

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