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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Public News Service - Idaho

PHOTO: CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West. Photo of the Boulder-White Clouds region courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho — A dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the United States should be "investing" in protecting more public land. Members of the new "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" say they'll encourage Congress and the president to expand national par...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Under a new health care proposal from a state Medicaid redesign group, Idaho would save $173 million over 10 years. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Health care coverage for about 78,000 Idahoans, and a savings to the state and its 44 counties of $173 million over 10 years. Those are the benefits calculated by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy in the new health care proposal from Governor Butch Otter's Medicaid Redesign Workgrou...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Idaho would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles, under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho - Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. Reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced late last week, and one big change would be providing i...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: Internet connection speeds in Idaho could rise if service is reclassified, similar to basic phone service, as requested by President Obama. Photo credit: stevepb/Pixabay

BOISE, Idaho - "A big win for rural communities." That's how the National Rural Assembly views President Obama's endorsement of treating broadband service the same as telephone service. Edyael Casaperalta, who coordinates a national coalition of groups advocating for those who live in rural areas, ...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the United States is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the dep...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: A winter storm on the East Coast could result in flight delays, even in Boise, so passengers should be familiar with the "Flyers' Bill of Rights." Photo credit: StelaDi/Pixabay

BOISE, Idaho - You have the right to be compensated, and more, if you encounter certain travel problems while flying over the holiday. With a winter storm in the forecast for the East Coast, flight delays could ripple across the country. Abe Scarr, director of the Public Interest Research Group i...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: More Gem State residents living and working in small towns claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, compared with those living in larger metropolitan areas. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Small-city and rural living can be a struggle in Idaho. According to new research from the Center for Rural Affairs, use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by 22 percent of the Gem State's small-town workers helps keep them above the poverty line. The EITC is a refundable federal...Read More

Public News Service - ID

PHOTO: High-quality, affordable preschool for low-income working families while also providing access to job training is among the recommendations in a new report on reducing child poverty. Photo courtesy of EPA.

BOISE, Idaho - It takes a family approach to lift kids out of poverty. That's the premise of a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that recommends coordination between programs - public, nonprofit and private - that focus on high-quality early childhood education, as well as job quality, t...Read More

Public News Service - ID

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