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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

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Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure proposal includes $3 billion to address water quality across the Northwest. (Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A $33 billion infrastructure plan for the Northwest developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, continues to shake up the region. While the potential removal of four dams on the lower Snake River has garnered attention, other parts of the proposal are equally important for the Northwes

Idaho Foodbank has increased its food distribution by 44% during the pandemic. (bravissimos/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - A group of Idaho ranchers are riding to the rescue for people in need during the pandemic. Gem State companies are dedicating 100 meals that include beef every day of 2021 to the Idaho Foodbank, which will distribute the meals to its partner organizations across the state. John He

The EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requires employers to perform annual pesticide application training. (Kara/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho farmworkers exposed to pesticides don't know what effects these chemicals will have on their health, and advocates are pushing for more safeguards for these laborers. Christina Stucker-Gassi, healthy food and farms program coordinator at the Northwest Center for Alternatives t

Irrigation incurs big costs for Idaho farmers that can be offset by solar projects. (David Frazier/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Some farmers fear a rate case before Idaho commissioners will throw shade on future solar projects. The state Public Utilities Commission will consider changes for farmers to its net-metering program, which credits producers for excess energy sent back to the grid. The proposal cou

Each year, millions of acres of crops in the U.S. are sprayed with chlorpyrifos. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new risk assessment of chlorpyrifos, but critics of the agency say there's already enough strong evidence that the commonly-used pesticide is harmful to children and are calling for a federal ban. This is the third federal ass

Only 15 varieties make up 90% of apple production, according to the U.S. Apple Association. (Mariusz Blach/Adobe Stock)

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SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Lost apple varieties of the Northwest are sprouting anew and in the spotlight at a conference this week. The University of Idaho is hosting the second Heritage Orchard Conference -- albeit at a distance this year. On Wednesday, David Benscoter, a retired law enforcement inves

Runoff from dairy and farming operations contains nitrogen that is affecting drinking water for people in Twin Falls and other parts of eastern Idaho. (Mark Gunn/Flickr)

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KETCHUM, Idaho -- A new report raises growing concern about contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Josh Johnson, a conservation as

Earlier this week, the sheriff of Payette County dispelled a rumor that Antifa activists were being sent to Idaho. (MclittleStock/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- No, people associated with Antifa are not on their way to Idaho. But rumors are spreading online that rioters are coming to small communities to wreak havoc. Matt Hildreth, executive director of RuralOrganizing.org, says civic leaders across the country have reached out to his gr

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