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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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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 3

Boise is partnering with a Salt Lake City company to turn some hard-to-recycle plastics into diesel. (Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has found a new destination for some plastics after China announced it will no longer accept certain recyclables. China has been a major market for western U.S. cities' recycling material, and its announcement has put many in a tough spot. Starting this spring, Boise is

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

Conservation efforts in Idaho helped recover wolverine populations. (Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list? A bill introduced in Congress aims to do just that. Known as the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, it would fund states' wildlife management efforts before species are in dire n

Drivers may be distracted while picking up holiday gifts, making for a potentially dangerous scene. (facebook237/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Although the search for the perfect gift at the mall can be vicious during the holiday season, the parking lot outside the mall actually is much more dangerous. Parking lots already are dangerous, leading to more than 50,000 crashes and 500 deaths around the country each year,

More than 5 million complaints have been sent to the FCC over violations of the Do Not Call list. (Marjan Lazarevski/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – It's not just a figment of people's imagination. More Americans really are getting robocalls this year, and there is a very real frustration with them. The number one complaint to the Federal Communications Commission is from customers receiving machine-generated calls used to

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

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