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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - ID: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Boise, Idaho first recognized Indigenous Peoples Day in 2018. (Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence)

BOISE, Idaho – Momentum is growing to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, including in Idaho cities. On Monday, the Indigenous Idaho Alliance, indigenous communities in Boise and representatives of the Five Tribes of Idaho gather in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building to mark t

Legislators in 17 states, including Idaho, have introduced identical bills opposing Sharia law 40 times over the past decade. (Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Does this bill sound familiar? An investigation of state legislation across the country finds Idaho is one of many states where identical bills aimed at preventing Sharia law in courtrooms has been introduced. A joint investigation by the Arizona Republic, Center for Public

Rallies are planned in more than 170 cities across the country to protest detention centers for children and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. (John MacDonald/Flickr)

COUER D’ALENE, Idaho — Protests against detention-center conditions for children at the U.S.-Mexico border are taking place across the country today. Pushback against the holding facilities has been growing since lawyers and doctors began making public what they saw at the camps, includi

Separation from a caregiver can lead to such disorders in adulthood as anxiety and depression. (pathdoc/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Separating families at the border likely will have long-term effects on the children involved. That's according to decades of research, says Taryn Yates – grant manager and planner with the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. Yates says forced separation from parents creates p

Critics say computer programs that perform risk assessments on defendants in criminal cases aren't blind and actually contain racial bias. (pixel2013/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Critics of computer algorithms that predict someone's risk of committing a crime say they're tinged with racial bias. A bipartisan measure in the Idaho Legislature aims to make the algorithms transparent and ban those that show bias. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU

Idaho's rural nature could be making it a hot spot for human trafficking. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has chosen Idaho as one of the sites for a pilot anti-human trafficking training program, and is hosting the session Thursday in Twin Falls. DHS's National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is offer

More than 20 million adults and children are exploited as sex slaves worldwide. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

GARDEN CITY, Idaho - Sex trafficking isn't just an issue in other parts of the world; it's going on in Idahoans' backyards. But there's growing interest in the Gem State to fight back. The Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition on Tuesday will host a community event called "Sex Slaves in Idaho Hide in Pl

Hate crimes against Muslims increased 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to FBI statistics. (Samia Ann El Moslimany/CAIR-Washington State)

BOISE, Idaho – Members of the Muslim community are speaking out against Idaho legislation they say is targeting them. House Bill 419 passed through the House this week and is now heading to the Senate. The bill would "prohibit the application of foreign laws in Idaho courts." It's the third

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