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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

Idahoans can register to vote in person through Election Day, Nov. 6. (MargJohnsonVA/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho — People ages 50 and older reliably show up to the polls in every election, and AARP Idaho says that makes them the most powerful voting bloc in the country. According to U.S. Census data, 70 percent of people older than 65, and about 67 percent of 45- to 65-year-olds turned out

Idaho lawmakers overturned historical horse-racing terminals in 2015 because of their resemblance to slot-machine gambling. (Mark Bonica/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Opponents are lining up against a measure on Idaho's November ballot that would bring horse racing betting terminals back to the state. Proposition 1 would allow Idahoans to bet on horse races of years past. Supporters of the machines say they'll help boost interest in a decli

The editor of Boise Weekly says he was compelled to act because of President Donald Trump's persistent pattern of attacks on the press. (cynthia1/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – Newspapers in Idaho and across the country on Thursday are publishing editorials promoting freedom of the press in response to President Donald Trump's persistent attacks on the media. The Boston Globe coordinated the effort and has been joined by big newspapers such as The Ne

A project to bring block parties to Pocatello neighborhoods is among the winners of the AARP Community Challenge grant program. (veganstraightedge/Flickr)

CALDWELL, Idaho – Projects in three Idaho communities are winners of grants from the 2018 AARP Community Challenge program. The Community Challenge awards funding for projects that make cities more livable for people of all ages. Winners include Destination Caldwell, to bring oversized games

More than half of women killed by guns are killed by an intimate partner. (S Pakhrin/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans are raising awareness about gun violence this weekend by painting the state orange. Friday is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and advocates are marking it with events across the nation and throughout the weekend. At 8 p.m. Friday, a vigil for the victims of gun v

County clerks have until June 30 to verify signatures for a ballot measure to expand Medicaid coverage in Idaho. (Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – A campaign to pass Medicaid expansion in Idaho at the ballot box is preparing itself for a summer push. The ballot measure has hit the threshold for signatures, but supporters are still waiting to hear if they received enough signatures in at least half the state's legislative d

Idaho laws grant the public access to government records and meetings. (joevare/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The transparency and openness of government is in the spotlight this Sunshine Week. Events around the country, led in large part by journalists, are touting the virtues of public access to records and meetings. Betsy Russell reports from the Idaho Capitol for The Spokesman-R

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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