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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - ID: Education

Millennials and Generation Z make up 40% of the voting population. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Classrooms won't look the same this fall, and neither will efforts to register Idaho students to vote. "What The Vote Idaho" is a nonpartisan project dedicated to registering and getting young adults engaged in the election process. Chris Stokes, co-founder of What The Vote Idaho,

Classes in Boise will be held virtually for at least the first three weeks of the new school year. (Mariia Korneeva/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Working parents face tough decisions as the school year starts, including who will care for their children while they attend school virtually. Taryn Yates, grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, has a 5-year-old entering kindergarten next week in Boise, where schools are

Idaho ranks last among states in per-pupil spending on education, according to a National Education Association report. (Henryk Sadura/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Supporters of an initiative to tax corporations and wealthy Idahoans in order to fund education will begin to collect signatures again next week. A federal judge's ruling in the case this week is allowing signature gathering to continue after it was interrupted because of COVID-19

Young people, ages 18 to 25, will make up 40% of Idaho's voting population in the November election. (kgroovy/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- A group in Idaho that is registering young people to vote wants to motivate them to the polls. What The Vote Idaho has registered more than 5,000 18 to 25-year-olds in Boise. Nancy Viano, one of the group's co-founders, says volunteers make presentations and register voters in an

A bill to allow guns on Idaho public school campuses through enhanced concealed-carry permits was defeated in the 2019 session. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho moms are in Boise today to speak with lawmakers about gun safety. They want legislators to oppose measures that would allow anyone with an enhanced concealed permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools. Enhanced permits require more training to obtain than standard permits.

Six schools in the Boise School District are providing services to make sure students are fed and have the proper clothing in the classroom. (Dan Hollar/Boise School District)

BOISE, Idaho – Children are back in the classroom, but the students who are worried about food, clothing or housing have an extra test to learning. That's where Boise's Community Schools Program is stepping in, going beyond the bounds of the classroom to provide health and social services to

The inflation-adjusted average cost of a year of college education in Idaho is six times higher than it was in 1980. (Apstrinka/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – College tuition prices are up and state funding is down in Idaho, creating an affordability roadblock for many students, according to a new report. The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy finds students' share of higher-education funding costs has soared over the past four decades.

The area where Rexburg is located is classified as desert because of its scant rainfall. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

REXBURG, Idaho – A city in southeast Idaho on Thursday is being honored for its water conservation efforts. Rexburg has won the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation after residents pledged in April to reduce their water use by 42 million gallons over the next year.

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