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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.


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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: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Volunteers in Idaho are stepping up to feed those in need across the state. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- More Idahoans are seeking help getting meals as businesses close their doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Idaho Foodbank provides food statewide through its facilities in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello, and has more than 240 community partners, as well as scho

The USDA estimates 35% of meat goes unused. (waranyu/Adobe Stock)

BLACKFOOT, Idaho – The holidays mean lots of big meals – and also lots of food waste. But a few tips could help people put those leftovers to good use. Year-round, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 30 to 40% of food is thrown away. Julie Buck, a dietitian with the Univer

Empty Bowls event on November 23, 2018 in Boise, Idaho, which raised about $43,000. (The Idaho Foodbank)

BOISE, Idaho — It's the 22nd year of Empty Bowls, a post-Thanksgiving tradition in Boise to ensure fewer people are without food this holiday season. The Idaho Foodbank's annual affair will be held on Friday, November 29, and will offer soup bowls made by local artisans starting at $10. Memb

Idaho is in the heart of its growing season and farmers markets are up in towns big and small. (Thomas Leth-Olsen/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The season for Idaho farmers markets is in full swing, offering nutritious and fresh options for folks around the state. For recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), their dollars spent at the market can go twice as far. For participating markets, th

The Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center has a collection of rare and rediscovered apple varieties. (Kyle Nagy/Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center)

SANDPOINT, Idaho – Apple enthusiasts in the Northwest are exploring a past that tasted much different – and could sprout environmental benefits for the future. Today in Sandpoint, the University of Idaho is hosting the first Heritage Orchard Conference to delve into the cultivation and

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

In their Supermarket Dash event, Treasure Valley credit unions raised $4,000 for their local food pantries. (Salvation Army Nampa Corps)

BOISE, Idaho – With the holiday season a few months away and school back in session, food pantries are in need. This year, a group of Idaho credit unions stepped in to help with a race through the supermarket. Hunger is a major issue in the Gem State. According to the Food Research and Actio

Last year, more than three-quarters of the people in Idaho who received SNAP benefits were in families with children. (vikvarga/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Low-income Idahoans who receive food benefits could be required to find jobs if that policy survives the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate each has passed its own Farm Bill and now have to reconcile the two. The House bill would mandate stricter

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