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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus

PHOTO: The Idaho House is expected to vote on the so-called

BOISE, Idaho - It's expected the Idaho House will vote on the so-called "ag-gag" bill this week. Much attention has been focused on animal abuse at an Idaho dairy and how secret recordings can hurt agricultural operations. However, Courtney Washburn, community conservation director, Idaho Conserva

PHOTO: Tick season is underway in Idaho, with veterinarians reporting that people are already finding them on their pets. Pictured is a brown dog tick, courtesy of CDC.

BOISE, Idaho – Warmer weather means the creepy crawlies are coming to life, and while most are harmless, ticks shouldn't be ignored, because they can carry diseases that affect pets and people – such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are often associated with hiki

PHOTO: Idaho's Sockeye salmon named one of the most endangered species in the nation. Photo courtesy of Save Our Wild Salmon.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's sockeye salmon are named on a list of the most endangered species in the nation. The Endangered Species Coalition issues the report each year, and this time the focus is on water ecosystems. Greg Stahl, assistant policy director for Idaho Rivers United, says it's no secret t

PHOTO: Sheep dot a hillside in the Sawtooth National Forest, part of the project area. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

KETCHUM, Idaho – More than 27,000 sheep - bedding down on public lands that are also home to wolves. That was the scenario for the Wood River Wolf Project in Idaho this year, where non-lethal wolf-management tools are used to keep sheep, and wolves, safe. The result? Only four sheep lost to w

PHOTO: Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome. Photo credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

ARCO, Idaho - Caves closed. Almost all of them. That notice has been issued by the Forest Service for lands throughout the Rocky Mountain West. The goal is to keep white-nose syndrome at bay. The fungus already has killed more than 7 million bats in the East, and has been moving west. At Craters o

PHOTO: Fred Bassett, Hummingbird Research, Inc., holding a male, black-chinned hummingbird. Photo credit: Deborah Smith

PEARL, Idaho - It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end, but the birds know it. A hummingbird researcher who comes to Idaho each year to study birds has confirmed that migration is under way. Birds were caught and banded in Pearl, north of Boise, last weekend, and they've put on weight for th

PHOTO: Livestock protection dog with sheep in background. Photo credit: Deborah Smith

HAILEY, Idaho - If you see sheep while in the backcountry, officials say, slow down and go around - whether you're on foot, horseback, bike or all-terrain vehicle. That message is aimed at people enjoying public lands, in order to reduce conflicts with "dogs at work." Livestock-protection dogs are

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