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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Confusing Traffic Signs for Idaho Roadless Issue

January 10, 2008

Boise, ID – Idaho's plan for roadless areas in forests looked like it had green lights all the way to Washington D.C., but the Bush administration is throwing up a roadblock. The administration is ignoring the state request to protect millions of acres of backcountry. Jonathan Oppenheimer with the Idaho Conservation League says the Idaho plan reflects a lot of discussions and compromise to protect forestland.

"It's not like (then-Governor) Risch was on his own when he was making that commitment, it was backed up by special interests and the industries in Idaho."

Coby Tigert with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition says the new federal plan opens forests in southeast Idaho to more phosphate mining. He says almost every phosphate mine ever opened in the area, and even those still operating, are Superfund clean-up sites because of extensive water and land contamination.

"They have not really developed a way to mine phosphate without creating this contamination issue. We just don't want to see that continue into the roadless areas."

The Bush administration proposal opens almost six million acres for logging and mining. Risch is headed to Washington next week and says he hopes to resolve the problem.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - ID