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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

Supporters of Medicaid expansion gathered in Boise this session to oppose lawmakers' scaling back of the measure. (Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Attempts to curtail voter initiatives in the Idaho Legislature this year are invigorating the group behind Medicaid expansion. Reclaim Idaho's massive mobilization to expand the federal health program garnered 61% approval in November, but lawmakers ended up watering down the

The winner of the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Serivce will be announced in the fall and honored at a ceremony in Boise (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – AARP Idaho is looking for outstanding volunteers who make a difference in their communities. The nomination process is opening soon for the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service, which recognizes someone age 50 and older for his or her efforts to make Idaho better. Pamela

Peter Onus, a history professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and a leading scholar on Thomas Jefferson, speaks at BSU this week. (Slowking4/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – What can Thomas Jefferson teach us about the environment today? Talks at Boise State University are exploring nature through topics like this and others. The Idea of Nature public lecture series aims to foster conversations about the environment across different areas of exp

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

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