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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2018 


CNN reveals an alleged Saudi connection to the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Early voting starts today in some states; poverty rates remain steady but many in New Jersey in need; and cautious praise for the feds proposal on drug ads.

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Acrylic fiber could be used as a cheap and effective way to clean up polluted mining sites. (EARTHWORKS/Flickr)

MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho researchers may have found a new, green technology that is perfectly suited for cleaning up environmental messes: yarn. Scientists at LCW Supercritical Technologies in Moscow and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that acrylic fiber is highly effective a

Suction dredge mining is an intensive process that can destroy fish habitat. (Idaho Conservation League)

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A conservation group has filed suit against a California man for suction dredge gold mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River without a permit under the Clean Water Act. The Idaho Conservation League describes Shannon Poe, who heads a mining advocacy group, as a

Algae blooms can be toxic for humans when ingested in large quantities. (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality)

CORRECTION: Idaho DEQ says no algae was found near Rexburg where a dog died after swimming last week. A previous version of this story stated algae caused the death. The dog's cause of death still is unknown. BOISE, Idaho – An environmental group is warning that toxic algae blooms are threat

Salmon runs on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River have fallen drastically since the lower Snake River dams were built, according to the National Wildlife Federation. (Rex Parker/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. House is set to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would add federal protections to four lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups are concerned it would spell doom for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest, which already have seen sharply reduced runs because of the da

Conservation and fishing groups say four lower Snake River dams are driving salmon to the brink of extinction. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

BOISE, Idaho – A new study finds hydropower from the lower Snake River dams could be replaced with renewable-energy sources, potentially providing a framework for saving the region's salmon. A major linchpin in the argument against breaching the four dams has been the energy they produce, wh

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho is one of many waterways protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (Zachary Collier/Northwest Rafting Co)

BOISE, Idaho – As the Idaho legislative session wraps up, lawmakers are giving a parting gift to the state's waterways by commemorating a bill that protects some of its most beautiful rivers. Senate Concurrent Resolution 132 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act o

Cross-laminated timber, used in some buildings in place of steel, is seeing a growing market demand in the Northwest. (Denna Jones/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Businesses, environmental groups and the timber industry are just a few of the diverse groups coming together for Idaho's first-ever statewide summit on climate change. "Safeguarding Idaho's Economy in a Changing Climate" is a two-day event that started Thursday. The goal is t

Beavers were nearly wiped out in the Northwest a century ago. (Yellowstone National Park/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – For Idaho and other parts of the West to fight drought and arid conditions, taking a cue from beavers might help. Thought to be a nuisance by some landowners, researchers are finding the dams that beavers build on creeks and rivers actually help restore them. Researchers des

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