PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - ID: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Treasure Valley has about 2.4 million trees and room for twice that amount. (Mweston85/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Forests in the Treasure Valley are fighting climate change, according to a new report. In the report, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation's Treasure Valley Forest Carbon Assessment looked at how much carbon dioxide trees in the region have been ab

Some Idaho school districts already have rigorous science standards for teaching climate change. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are holding public hearings Thursday and Friday on proposed science standards for Idaho public schools. At issue: how, or whether, those standards should address climate change. The past two years, legislators have rejected new science standards, which haven'

The number of Idahoans using solar power has doubled over the last two years. (IndianCkDish4/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – 2017 could be remembered as the year solar energy caught on in Idaho. If it does, it would be thanks in part to the Snake River Alliance, which launched Solarize the Valley 18 months ago. The program provides a low-cost solar panel installation and has helped 109 homes get pow

Cross-laminated timber, used in some buildings in place of steel, is seeing a growing market demand in the Northwest. (Denna Jones/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Businesses, environmental groups and the timber industry are just a few of the diverse groups coming together for Idaho's first-ever statewide summit on climate change. "Safeguarding Idaho's Economy in a Changing Climate" is a two-day event that started Thursday. The goal is t

Beavers were nearly wiped out in the Northwest a century ago. (Yellowstone National Park/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – For Idaho and other parts of the West to fight drought and arid conditions, taking a cue from beavers might help. Thought to be a nuisance by some landowners, researchers are finding the dams that beavers build on creeks and rivers actually help restore them. Researchers des

Wildfires in the western United States have doubled since 1985, according to a study from the University of Idaho. (Michael Pellant/Bureau of Land Management)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho is in the destructive heart of wildfire season, which already has forced evacuations in areas across the state. When fleeing from these dangerous situations, it's important to keep pets in mind. Faith Berry, associate project manager with the National Fire Protection Associat

Solar energy powers 45,000 homes in Idaho, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Chris Kantos/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Power is asking for permission from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to put customers who use solar energy into a different rate-paying class. Clean energy advocates say this is the first step toward charging solar customers more. The company says net metering solar cust

Idaho is the first state to revise its science-education standards to de-emphasize humans' role in climate change. (Takver/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - While Idaho's state Department of Education introduced revised standards for science education regarding climate change in mid-May, one state representative says there is still time to change lawmakers' minds. The new standards de-emphasize humans' role in climate change in order to

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