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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - ID: Budget Policy & Priorities

Idaho is allocating $300 million to small businesses affected by coronavirus. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Many small businesses in Idaho were shut out of the federal government's popular coronavirus aid programs, so the Gem State is providing its own relief. The application process is open for the Idaho Rebound Small Business Grant program, which is aimed at helping businesses that did

Loans totaling $1.8 billion were approved for Idaho small businesses in the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program. (Kevin McGovern/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho credit unions are facilitating relief for small businesses feeling the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Before the first round of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program loans ran out on April 16, credit unions had helped businesses secure

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

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