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PNS Daily News - December 10, 2019 


Probe finds FBI not biased against Trump; yes, commuting is stressful; church uses nativity scene for statement on treatment of migrants; report says NY could add cost of carbon to electricity prices with little consumer impact; and a way to add mental health services for rural areas.

2020Talks - December 10, 2019 


Today's human rights day, and candidates this cycle talk a lot about what constitutes a human right. Some say gun violence and access to reproductive health care and abortions are human rights issues.

Public News Service - ID: Rural/Farming

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

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act in 2009. (Greg Shine/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

MARSING, Idaho – This year's Rangeland Fall Forum is coming to the Owyhees. The event is being held in Marsing on October 10 and the theme for 2019 is "Science, Policy and Perspectives: Collaborating in the Owyhees." It will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Owyhee Initiative, which br

Roughly 400,000 cows in the Magic Valley produce as much waste as 12 million people. (Lee O'Dell/Adobe Stock)

KETCHUM, Idaho – Water quality in and around the Snake River in southern Idaho is on the decline, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League's survey of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer finds an increase in pollutants, especially nitrogen and phosphorus – in some cases exc

Six biogas facilities are scheduled to be built in southern Idaho. (Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture)

BOISE, Idaho – The breakdown of farm byproducts such as manure into energy is touted as a renewable fix for the future. But critics say the clean energy dreams of biogas have fizzled out. A new analysis from the organization Food and Water Watch says the process of anaerobic digestion to c

Sage grouse have lost 95 percent of their historic population. (Jennifer Strickland/USFWS)

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans with ideas on how to conserve sage grouse habitat have an opportunity to submit their proposals to the state. State agencies have $600,000 available for projects that help improve habitat for the endangered bird species. The deadline to submit proposals is June 28.

The Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center has a collection of rare and rediscovered apple varieties. (Kyle Nagy/Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center)

SANDPOINT, Idaho – Apple enthusiasts in the Northwest are exploring a past that tasted much different – and could sprout environmental benefits for the future. Today in Sandpoint, the University of Idaho is hosting the first Heritage Orchard Conference to delve into the cultivation and

Early-learning collaboratives are becoming affordable alternatives for giving kids the option of attending preschool in Idaho. (heatherdeffense/Twenty20)

KENDRICK, Idaho – A coalition is launching an effort to bring preschool to more Idaho kids, and kindergarten teachers say it could level the playing field for their students. The Gem State is one of only five states that doesn't invest in preschool, and Angie Tweit, who teaches kindergarten i

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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