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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - ID: Health

There were more reported cases of child sexual abuse in Idaho last year, but it could be a sign that awareness on the issue is working. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Findings that reports of child sexual abuse in Idaho went up in 2019 have made headlines, but advocates for child welfare say more reports could be a good sign. The Idaho Attorney General's annual report says there were 696 reported cases of child sexual abuse in 2019, up 103 from

Children's advocates want 2020 to be the year Idaho lawmakers end religious groups' exemptions from prosecution in cases of medical neglect of children. (Miguel/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Experts and children's advocates are in Boise this week to discuss a religious exemption that protects faith-healing groups from prosecution when a child dies without receiving medical treatment. The years-long battle over the exemption again will be in front of Idaho lawmakers. Acc

Childhood trauma is a factor in 44% of depression cases, according to the CDC. (Kittiphan/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Childhood trauma has long-lasting effects on a person's well-being. According to recent data, it impacts thousands of Idahoans with serious health conditions and even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five of the top 10 causes of death are associat

Eight in 10 people in Idaho see wildfire smoke as a natural hazard, according to new research. (Neal Herbert/U.S. Interior Dept.)

BOISE, Idaho – Wildfires are a threat in the West, but their smoke is even more deadly, researchers say. However, a new survey shows Idahoans don't necessarily see it that way. Researchers at Boise State University surveyed Gem State residents and found 90% have experienced at least one sy

Idaho's application to add work requirements for Medicaid coverage notes the proposal could affect health coverage for 16,000 people. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho — The public comment period is open on Idaho's application to the federal government to add work reporting requirements to its expanded Medicaid program. State lawmakers passed a bill this year requiring that recipients age 19-59 work at least 20 hours a week to maintain Medicaid

The goal of the Mayor's Walking Challenge is to encourage kids to be physically active. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Mayors across Idaho are challenging each other to walk this month to encourage physical activity among young people. The sixth annual Mayor's Walking Challenge from the Blue Cross for Idaho Foundation for Health has signed up 77 mayors in all but five Idaho counties. A mayor w

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

For Overdose Awareness Day, Idahoans place a pair of shoes tied to balloons on the steps of the State Capitol. (Chris Mecham)

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans will be on the steps of the Capitol building on Thursday to remember the lives lost last year to overdose. In 2018, 249 people died by overdose, and each death will be symbolized with a balloon tied to a pair of shoes. Chris Mecham, director of operations at the PEER W

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