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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 


Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Public News Service - ID: Social Justice

Boise, Idaho first recognized Indigenous Peoples Day in 2018. (Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence)

BOISE, Idaho – Momentum is growing to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, including in Idaho cities. On Monday, the Indigenous Idaho Alliance, indigenous communities in Boise and representatives of the Five Tribes of Idaho gather in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building to mark t

Legislators in 17 states, including Idaho, have introduced identical bills opposing Sharia law 40 times over the past decade. (Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Does this bill sound familiar? An investigation of state legislation across the country finds Idaho is one of many states where identical bills aimed at preventing Sharia law in courtrooms has been introduced. A joint investigation by the Arizona Republic, Center for Public

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

The Boise Pride Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise is set to host one of its biggest pride festivals ever, but the Idaho State Capitol might not be part of the festivities. After three years of lighting the building with rainbow lights to support the LGBTQ community, Idaho officials say the Capitol building is no longer

Critics say computer programs that perform risk assessments on defendants in criminal cases aren't blind and actually contain racial bias. (pixel2013/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Critics of computer algorithms that predict someone's risk of committing a crime say they're tinged with racial bias. A bipartisan measure in the Idaho Legislature aims to make the algorithms transparent and ban those that show bias. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU

In the past, Idahoans in the immigrant court system were referred to free and low-cost legal services in Montana or Washington. (Immigrant Justice Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho — A new nonprofit has launched to give more Idahoans in immigrant court legal representation. Currently, only 25 percent of Idahoans facing deportation proceedings have a lawyer. Immigrant Justice Idaho is looking to address one of the biggest barriers for immigrants in court: c

State officials estimate Idaho's prison population will reach 10,000 by 2022. (jodylehigh/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – A $500-million-dollar prison expansion proposal is likely heading to the Idaho Legislature next year. What else could the state do to curb its skyrocketing prison population? One state lawmaker says the Gem State needs to address this issue before Idahoans end up behind bars

Hate crimes against Muslims increased 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to FBI statistics. (Samia Ann El Moslimany/CAIR-Washington State)

BOISE, Idaho – Members of the Muslim community are speaking out against Idaho legislation they say is targeting them. House Bill 419 passed through the House this week and is now heading to the Senate. The bill would "prohibit the application of foreign laws in Idaho courts." It's the third

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