PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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A bill that's stalled in the Idaho House would make health insurance more affordable for an estimated 35,000 Idahoans. (Close the Gap Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Hundreds of Idahoans rallied in the State Capitol on Thursday to urge lawmakers to close the health-care coverage gap. Medical professionals, faith leaders, and people experiencing the "gap" want to see a vote on the Idaho Health Care Plan, a bill to extend tax credits to 35,0

An Idaho child care consultant says you might be sending a future leader to day care, so it's important to pick the facility carefully. (Eduardo Merille/Flickr)

POCATELLO, Idaho – How do parents know if a child care facility is right for them? The answer differs among families, but there are some points to consider. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says relationships should be the emphasis among children, caregi

The School Breakfast Program helps prepare students' minds for learning. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – This week, Idaho and states across the nation are celebrating the importance of breakfast for students. President of the Idaho State Board of Education Dr. Linda Clark is reading Gov. Butch Otter's proclamation for Idaho School Breakfast Week at Capital High School this morning.

Lajohnna Honey was part of the Food Is Medicine pilot program, and got to pick her own fresh food at a local farm. (Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force)

BOISE, Idaho – A mission to get patients in clinics greater access to healthy food is expanding in Idaho. The St. Luke's Community Health Improvement Fund is providing a grant to the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force to support the Food Is Medicine initiative. Through a partnership with the F

Less than 60 percent of people who make less than $30,000 a year have a checking account, according to a survey. (megawatts86/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – While free checking may no longer be available at Bank of America and other big banks, some financial institutions still offer this service without charge. Credit unions are touting their ability to provide free financial services to their members. Angela Nelson, public rela

Analysts say the tax cut passed by the Idaho House will cost the state more than $100 million in revenue. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Will the Idaho Senate follow the House's lead on tax cuts? If so, lawmakers could be increasing the tax burden for big Idaho families. According to the nonpartisan Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy's analysis of the House bill passed last week, families that fall in the top 5 per

The Medicaid expansion initiative needs roughly 48,000 signatures coming from 18 districts to qualify for November's ballot. (Luke Mayville/Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Groups that want to expand Medicaid and cover 78,000 uninsured Idahoans have begun collecting signatures for a November ballot measure – despite other state level efforts to cover folks without health insurance. Gov. Butch Otter's most recent proposal would help about 35

Idaho credit unions have provided a significant economic boost to the state, and have more than 900,000 members, according to a new report. (Erin Cave/Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce)

BOISE, Idaho – The governor might not have mentioned them in this week's State of the State address, but credit unions in Idaho are booming. According to a new economic analysis by ECONorthwest, Idaho's 35 credit unions provided a nearly $640 million boost to the state's economy in 2016. T

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