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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: A Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Public News Service - ID: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

Often the only option for low-income Americans, legal service providers help about 20 percent of qualifying clients in civil court cases. (annie29/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – An organization that offers a critical type of aid for Idaho's poorest residents turned 50 this week. Idaho Legal Aid Services is the only statewide group with free legal representation and advice for low-income folks in civil law cases. Legal representation is a constitutiona

In 2016, activities involving wildlife on BLM lands in Idaho supported more than 2,500 jobs. (BLMIdaho/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Wildlife on Idaho's Bureau of Land Management lands provides a big economic boost to the state, according to a new report. A first-of-its-kind study conducted by Southwick Associates finds there were more than 460,000 hunting trips, nearly 300,000 fishing trips and more than 1

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