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PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 


More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - ID: Livable Wages/Working Families

Idaho Voices for Children recommends the state immediately distribute protective supplies such as masks to the most vulnerable populations. (David Fuentes/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the impacts of the new coronavirus come into view, one Idaho group is asking Gov. Brad Little to act quickly to protect residents and their livelihoods. Idaho Voices for Children has sent Little a letter with recommendations in four areas: health care, housing, family financial

Thirty-five states ban employers from asking job-seekers about their criminal records on applications. (thanksforbuying/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- People with criminal records often struggle to find work after they're released from prison. But now Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that could make it easier for them. The Fair Chance Employment Act would bar employers from excluding people with records, delaying criminal

A new rule could affect roughly 70% of people who apply for green cards each year. (leekris/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- A change to how public-assistance programs weigh on a person's citizenship application is shaking Idaho's immigrant community. What's known as the "public charge rule" will allow the Department of Homeland Security to penalize potential citizens for their use of public benefits such

Financial experts suggest saving for three to six months of living expenses in case of an emergency. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - One of the most common New Year's resolutions is becoming more physically fit. Financial experts say folks also should consider becoming financially fit in 2020. Lynn Heider, vice president for public relations with the Northwest Credit Union Association - which represents more than

Idaho's application to add work requirements for Medicaid coverage notes the proposal could affect health coverage for 16,000 people. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho — The public comment period is open on Idaho's application to the federal government to add work reporting requirements to its expanded Medicaid program. State lawmakers passed a bill this year requiring that recipients age 19-59 work at least 20 hours a week to maintain Medicaid

Six schools in the Boise School District are providing services to make sure students are fed and have the proper clothing in the classroom. (Dan Hollar/Boise School District)

BOISE, Idaho – Children are back in the classroom, but the students who are worried about food, clothing or housing have an extra test to learning. That's where Boise's Community Schools Program is stepping in, going beyond the bounds of the classroom to provide health and social services to

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

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