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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - ID: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

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

Preschool programs exist around Idaho, but it still is one of only six states that doesn't fund preschool. (Paul Schultz/Flickr)

IDAHO CITY, Idaho – Boise State University's preschool pilot program in Boise has underscored the importance of early education, but the city isn't the only one in Idaho offering affordable access to preschool. In fact, some other cities have been doing it for much longer. For 18 years, ev

In Idaho, the average cost of child care for a four-year-old is between $5,800 and $8,000 a year. (Kyle Peyton/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - It remains to be seen whether congressional leaders will follow President Trump's lead in budget negotiations, but one cut proposed for next year's budget has advocates for Idaho's children concerned. Around $95 million could be slashed from the Child Care and Development Block Grant

Idaho ranks 20th overall for child well-being in a new national report, but last in the country for its high number of young children not enrolled in preschool. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Results from an annual report released today on child well-being show a mixed bag for Idaho kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book assesses states on key indicators of how children and families are faring. This year, it ranks Idaho 20th overall. The st

Advocates for young children say investment from Idaho is crucial to make sure every child has access to early learning. (Brandi Nyhof/Idaho AEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – Next week, Idahoans and people across the nation will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, dedicated to children and the importance of early learning. Many advocates for the youngest Idahoans feel the state is lagging behind, as one of only six states that doesn't invest stat

Idaho ranks in the bottom 10 when it comes to the pay gap between men and women. (Rochelle Hartman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, marking the additional months into 2017 it takes women to catch up with men's salaries from 2016. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same job. The gap is greater for women in Idaho, who receive only 74 cents for

Thousands of Idahoans rallied in Boise on Saturday to support public lands. (Nathan Field)

BOISE, Idaho - Outdoor enthusiasts rallied on Saturday at the Idaho state Capitol in support of public lands. A broad coalition of hunters, hikers, conservationists, bikers and more came to the steps of the Capitol to listen to speakers on the importance of public lands and keeping them out of priv

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