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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage; we get perspective from Utah. Also on the rundown: a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

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Preschool is a time for children to develop social and emotional skills, an early childhood advocate says. (Tabitha Blue/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Preschool is a priority for an overwhelming majority of Idahoans, according to new poll. On Wednesday, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and other early-education advocates presented survey results from Gem State voters and parents in Boise. Erik Iverson hea

Families living in relative comfort should take some time to think about those in need this holiday season, says Taryn Yates of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. (emz993/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – As a grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, Taryn Yates considers the well-being of children in a host of trying situations. More than 17 percent of Idaho children are living in poverty; others face unstable home lives as parents struggle with mental illness or addic

Idaho ranks high in terms of having supportive families and communities, which are key protective measures for children who have experienced trauma. (Idaho Air National Guard/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A staggering number of children in Idaho have experienced at least one traumatic event, according to a new report. But the same report says the Gem State has a strong network of supportive families and neighborhoods to push back against this problem. In Idaho, nearly 51 percen

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

Peaceful Belly Farm participates in the Food is Medicine project to bring fresh produce to food insecure families.(Peaceful Belly Farm)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is proclaiming October Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month. His proclamation will be read at Peaceful Belly Farm in Garden City and highlight the fact that many families in the Gem State aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Peaceful Bel

There are two bills in Congress addressing funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. (Misha Popovikj/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for children are concerned that a federal home visiting program could end if Congress doesn't act this week. Funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, referred to as MIECHV, is set to expire Saturday. Without an extension, Idaho could lose

Programs supporting fathers are showing up across Idaho as a way to combat childhood abuse and neglect. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Children's Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. Over the years, the organization has supported programs that range in scope. One of the more novel approaches involves initiatives supporting fatherhood, w

Kristen Worthington and her son Nicholas of Boise were both diagnosed with cancer this year, only months apart. (Courtesy of Rick Worthington)

BOISE, Idaho – In February, Rick Worthington's wife Kristen found out she had breast cancer. Kristen was caught off-guard by the diagnosis and shortly after her 43rd birthday, the primary tumor was removed. But the Worthingtons were in for another shock. In May, they learned that 13-year-o

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