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PNS Daily Newscast - November 27, 2020. 


A call on state congressional delegations to speed COVID-19 economic relief; a gap in trapping pollution impacts communities of color.


2020Talks - November 25, 2020 


CORRECTED 2:30pm MST 11/25 - Linda Thomas-Greenfield would be the second Black woman in US UN Ambassador role, Susan Rice was the first. Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing. *2020Talks will not be released 11/26 & 11/27*

Public News Service - ID: Rural/Farming

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

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)

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 />

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)

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)

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)

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

The Cenarussa Ranch easement provides more than three miles of access to public lands. (Tess O'Sullivan/TNC)

CAREY, Idaho -- A conservation easement in south-central Idaho is helping protect access to public lands. The easement surrounds the Cenarrusa Ranch, located northeast of the town of Carey, between the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument. It will preserve about 7,600 acres

Only 17% of Idahoans have access to high-speed, fiber-optic internet. (bugarskipavle3/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Access to the Internet is a critical part of modern life, but many Idahoans can't get connected. Idaho ranks 43rd in connectivity, according to an analysis by the advocacy group BroadbandNow. Todd Achilles, CEO of the broadcast company Edge Spectrum in Boise, says the state

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