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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

Lake Coeur D'Alene is one of many sites in Idaho that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect. (D. Taylor in Idaho/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Congress has less than three months to renew an often-overlooked program supporters say is critical to preserving special places in Idaho and across the country. Over the last 50 years, Gem State recreation parks and public lands have received nearly $280 million from the Land

The Safe Sport Act requires sexual abuse prevention training for youth sports organizations. (karenthomas/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – A new law could help prevent child sexual abuse on youth sports teams this summer. After hundreds of cases of abuse within the USA women's gymnastics team were revealed last year, Congress passed the Safe Sport Act in January. Under the law, youth sports organizations are re

More than 40 percent of children in Idaho rely on Medicaid for health coverage. (Andrew Newill/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Ahead of Mother's Day, mothers and health care advocates are coming together to ask Idaho's congressional delegation to protect Medicaid. Idahoans are meeting in Boise on Thursday to deliver postcards with this message to Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson.

A bill that's stalled in the Idaho House would make health insurance more affordable for an estimated 35,000 Idahoans. (Close the Gap Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Hundreds of Idahoans rallied in the State Capitol on Thursday to urge lawmakers to close the health-care coverage gap. Medical professionals, faith leaders, and people experiencing the "gap" want to see a vote on the Idaho Health Care Plan, a bill to extend tax credits to 35,0

The Snake River Alliance helped more than 100 families install solar panels on their rooftops over the past year and a half. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Could a proposal from the Idaho Power Company cast a shadow on the future of solar energy in the Gem State? The public will have a chance to weigh in on the utility company's proposition to state regulators to place Idahoans, who have installed rooftop solar panels, into a new

Analysts say the tax cut passed by the Idaho House will cost the state more than $100 million in revenue. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Will the Idaho Senate follow the House's lead on tax cuts? If so, lawmakers could be increasing the tax burden for big Idaho families. According to the nonpartisan Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy's analysis of the House bill passed last week, families that fall in the top 5 per

Thursday is the deadline for Congress to reauthorize funding for community health center. (Erik Drost/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – After more than three months on the precipice, funding for community health centers looks poised for reauthorization. Budget deals in the House and Senate include funding extensions for these centers, which often are lifelines for rural areas. According to the Kaiser Family

Some Idaho school districts already have rigorous science standards for teaching climate change. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are holding public hearings Thursday and Friday on proposed science standards for Idaho public schools. At issue: how, or whether, those standards should address climate change. The past two years, legislators have rejected new science standards, which haven'

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