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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - ID: Budget Policy & Priorities

Some fishing communities in Idaho rely on salmon to support their local economies. (Nan Palermo/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Federal agencies have released a report on management plans in the Columbia River basin to save endangered salmon species, rejecting proposals to remove four lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington. The draft environmental impact statement instead recommends smaller actions,

Eight in 10 people in Idaho see wildfire smoke as a natural hazard, according to new research. (Neal Herbert/U.S. Interior Dept.)

BOISE, Idaho – Wildfires are a threat in the West, but their smoke is even more deadly, researchers say. However, a new survey shows Idahoans don't necessarily see it that way. Researchers at Boise State University surveyed Gem State residents and found 90% have experienced at least one sy

Idaho's application to add work requirements for Medicaid coverage notes the proposal could affect health coverage for 16,000 people. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho — The public comment period is open on Idaho's application to the federal government to add work reporting requirements to its expanded Medicaid program. State lawmakers passed a bill this year requiring that recipients age 19-59 work at least 20 hours a week to maintain Medicaid

The inflation-adjusted average cost of a year of college education in Idaho is six times higher than it was in 1980. (Apstrinka/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – College tuition prices are up and state funding is down in Idaho, creating an affordability roadblock for many students, according to a new report. The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy finds students' share of higher-education funding costs has soared over the past four decades.

Idaho communities rely on the return of salmon and steelhead each year. (Nan Palmero/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A diverse group of stakeholders will be in Boise on Friday to develop a plan to save Idaho's salmon and steelhead trout. The gathering was established at the behest of Gov. Brad Little. At an environmental conference at Boise State in April, Little instructed the Office of Spe

Idaho is one of four states that doesn't provide funding for pre-school education. (1001color/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children is providing grants and support for the development of community preschools across the state. The organization's Preschool the Idaho Way project was launched last year with a toolkit for developing preschool collaborati

The area burned each year in the Northwest could quadruple by the 2080s if current temperature trends continue. (Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service)

BOISE, Idaho – What can Idahoans do in the new year to help forests adapt to a changing climate? The National Climate Assessment released this year says there's a high probability that wildfires will continue to increase in the Northwest due to climate change. John Abatzoglou, a climate re

The Idaho Department of Lands looked through nearly 40,000 state land sale deals for potential constitutional violations. (Idaho State Parks & Recreation)

BOISE, Idaho – A new report from the Idaho Department of Lands says there haven't been widespread violations of constitutional limits on state land sales, but it still flags 166 possible infractions. Last year, The Wilderness Society and the Idaho Conservation League raised alarms that there

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