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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - ID: Housing/Homelessness

In 2019, Kaniksu Land Trust was awarded a grant to build a more accessible hiking trail. (AARP Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Even small projects can create big changes for communities. That's the idea behind AARP's Community Challenge grant program, which selects projects that can be completed in a few months and make cities and towns more livable for people of all ages. This is the organization's fourth

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide if it will take up a case involving Boise's rules for ticketing people who are homeless. (Srdjan/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise Mayor Dave Bieter holds a community forum on homelessness today, but an attorney with a history of challenging the mayor on this issue is skeptical about what it will accomplish. Bieter says addressing homelessness is central to his campaign. But a decade ago, Idaho Lega

Debris from the McCall home explosion reached a 200-yard debris field. (Idaho State Police via Idaho Dept. of Insurance)

BOISE, Idaho – After two propane gas explosions in March, Idaho officials are urging residents to take precautions and stay safe. Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl addressed the public Wednesday with an urgent message in the wake of an explosion in McCall that left one man dead and a tee

With rising rents and a growing population, Idaho is facing a shortage of affordable housing. (woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho renters are feeling the squeeze as rents have increased at three times the rate of wages in the state over the past few decades. According to a new report by the Idaho Asset Building Network, Idaho incomes have gone up 11 percent since 1990. Meanwhile, median rent has

Both urban and rural parts of Idaho have seen increases in the number of homeless students. (ms_psych/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – Homelessness and a lack of stable housing for their families has soared among Idaho students in the past few years, according to a new analysis. The state Department of Education has found that K-through-12 students without regular housing increased from about 4,700 in the 2010

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

During the financial crisis, an Idaho credit union created a second-chance mortgage program to help out customers. (Investment Zen/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – As confidence in big banks erodes, Idahoans are turning to credit unions to keep their money safe. More than 740,000 - or about 45 percent - of Gem State residents now are members of credit unions. From 2006 to 2016, a Gallup poll shows trust in banks declined by 22 percent.

Ricky Lewis, founder of the Idaho Foster Youth Advisory Board, says transitional housing is needed to ensure young people are on a path to success. Credit: Lewis

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Children in the Idaho foster care system age out at 18, which means unless they and their foster family agree the care will continue until age 21, the young people have to move out. Ricky Lewis in Coeur d'Alene knows the perils of that transition time well. He tr

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