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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 

Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.

2020Talks - August 11, 2020 

Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - ID: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Native American tribal members and volunteers have been walking from Portland, Ore., to Idaho to show support for wolves as part of their cultural heritage and a healthy ecosystem. Photo provided by Mato Woksape

BOISE, Idaho - They call themselves 'wolf walkers.' Native Americans and volunteers left Portland, Oregon, on foot earlier this month, headed for Idaho to show support for wolves. Mato Woksape, a Lakota, organized the walk. He says they are praying for wolves and restoration of healthy ecosystems al

PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus

PHOTO: The Idaho House is expected to vote on the so-called

BOISE, Idaho - It's expected the Idaho House will vote on the so-called "ag-gag" bill this week. Much attention has been focused on animal abuse at an Idaho dairy and how secret recordings can hurt agricultural operations. However, Courtney Washburn, community conservation director, Idaho Conserva

PHOTO: Tick season is underway in Idaho, with veterinarians reporting that people are already finding them on their pets. Pictured is a brown dog tick, courtesy of CDC.

BOISE, Idaho – Warmer weather means the creepy crawlies are coming to life, and while most are harmless, ticks shouldn't be ignored, because they can carry diseases that affect pets and people – such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are often associated with hiki

PHOTO: Idaho's Sockeye salmon named one of the most endangered species in the nation. Photo courtesy of Save Our Wild Salmon.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's sockeye salmon are named on a list of the most endangered species in the nation. The Endangered Species Coalition issues the report each year, and this time the focus is on water ecosystems. Greg Stahl, assistant policy director for Idaho Rivers United, says it's no secret t

PHOTO: Sheep dot a hillside in the Sawtooth National Forest, part of the project area. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

KETCHUM, Idaho – More than 27,000 sheep - bedding down on public lands that are also home to wolves. That was the scenario for the Wood River Wolf Project in Idaho this year, where non-lethal wolf-management tools are used to keep sheep, and wolves, safe. The result? Only four sheep lost to w

PHOTO: Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome. Photo credit: Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

ARCO, Idaho - Caves closed. Almost all of them. That notice has been issued by the Forest Service for lands throughout the Rocky Mountain West. The goal is to keep white-nose syndrome at bay. The fungus already has killed more than 7 million bats in the East, and has been moving west. At Craters o

PHOTO: Fred Bassett, Hummingbird Research, Inc., holding a male, black-chinned hummingbird. Photo credit: Deborah Smith

PEARL, Idaho - It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end, but the birds know it. A hummingbird researcher who comes to Idaho each year to study birds has confirmed that migration is under way. Birds were caught and banded in Pearl, north of Boise, last weekend, and they've put on weight for th

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