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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - ID: Livable Wages/Working Families

Medicaid expansion can improve families' financial stability, one possible reason child neglect rates have decreased in expansion states. (gpointstudio/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – As Idaho prepares to implement Medicaid expansion, research shows the health coverage should have added benefits for kids. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that rates of child neglect decreased for states that have decided to expand Medicaid. The

Four of Idaho's neighboring states have raised their minimum wage amounts. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – The drive to get signatures for a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Idaho is ramping up. The group Idahoans for a Fair Wage has launched efforts to get a minimum wage hike on the 2020 ballot, calling on the state to raise wages incrementally to $12 an hour over four

The Medicaid expansion measure passed in November aimed to provide health insurance for the estimated 60,000 Idahoans who fall into the coverage gap. (Kencf0618/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho - With the legislative session drawing to an end, Idaho lawmakers still are working out how to implement voter-backed Medicaid expansion. A number of bills have been introduced, many of which are attempts to add work requirements. The latest effort, House Bill 277 by Rep. John Vander W

The University of Idaho developed BLOCK Fest in 2005 to harness the power of play in helping children learn. (Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children)

BOISE, Idaho - For young children, the building blocks of education could be just that - blocks. Groups are in Boise today meeting with lawmakers for Early Learning Day and also to tout the role that play has in teaching the youngest Idahoans. Brandi Nyhof, outreach coordinator for the Idaho Assoc

Help with income-tax preparation from the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide volunteers begins Friday in Idaho. (PrincessOfCamelot/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho - The AARP Foundation is back with free income-tax assistance for Idahoans and people across the country. Last year, the Tax-Aide program helped 31,000 folks in Idaho file their tax forms, ensuring them more than $20 million in refunds. The service is open to everyone, not just seniors

More than 990,000 Idahoans are members of a credit union. (Credit Union Homepage/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Credit unions make a deep imprint on the Northwest's economy, according to new research. A study by the economic consulting firm ECONorthwest finds these institutions had a $7.8 billion impact and reached 7.3 million people in the region in 2018. Troy Stang, president and CE

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

About 300,000 people will have access to health coverage after voters in three states, including Idaho, passed Medicaid expansion. (Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho joined two other states on Election Day in expanding Medicaid to low-income residents. Proposition 2 passed by a wide margin, garnering 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday. It will potentially cover 62,000 Idahoans who fall into the Medicaid gap – those who make to

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