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PBS Daily Newscast - July 8, 2020 


Mary Trump's book labels our president a reckless leader who paid a pal to take his SAT test; Nevada lawmakers address pandemic shortfalls.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

Idaho ranks last among states in per-pupil spending on education, according to a National Education Association report. (Henryk Sadura/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- Supporters of an initiative to tax corporations and wealthy Idahoans in order to fund education will begin to collect signatures again next week. A federal judge's ruling in the case this week is allowing signature gathering to continue after it was interrupted because of COVID-19

Young people, ages 18 to 25, will make up 40% of Idaho's voting population in the November election. (kgroovy/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- A group in Idaho that is registering young people to vote wants to motivate them to the polls. What The Vote Idaho has registered more than 5,000 18 to 25-year-olds in Boise. Nancy Viano, one of the group's co-founders, says volunteers make presentations and register voters in an

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is being celebrated through online broadcasts over the next three days. (Booker Smith/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Climate activists around the globe are moving their Earth Day plans online, including in Idaho. Earth Day Live Boise is a student-led celebration of the 50th anniversary of the observance. Head organizer Shiva Rajbhandari, a freshman at North Junior High School in Boise, said the st

As in other states in the West, support for Democrats increasingly comes from urban areas such as Boise, Idaho. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Democrats on Tuesday will help shape the presidential race. But as the state's population explodes, it's unclear what role Democrats will play on a statewide level going forward. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are in a tight race for the

In 2019, Kaniksu Land Trust was awarded a grant to build a more accessible hiking trail. (AARP Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Even small projects can create big changes for communities. That's the idea behind AARP's Community Challenge grant program, which selects projects that can be completed in a few months and make cities and towns more livable for people of all ages. This is the organization's fourth

A bill to allow guns on Idaho public school campuses through enhanced concealed-carry permits was defeated in the 2019 session. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho moms are in Boise today to speak with lawmakers about gun safety. They want legislators to oppose measures that would allow anyone with an enhanced concealed permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools. Enhanced permits require more training to obtain than standard permits.

Legislative days give groups a chance to peek behind the curtain of the lawmaking process. (AARP Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- AARP Idaho is holding its day at the Capitol in early February. Along with advocating for members' interests, the organization for older Idahoans uses the day as other groups do -- to demystify the legislative process. Francoise Cleveland, director of advocacy for AARP Idaho, say

Since 1994, Idaho's redistricting commission has been made up of three Republicans and three Democrats. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are considering a change to how legislative districts are drawn. It could have big consequences when the voting map is updated after this year's census. In the 2019 session, Republican Party legislators proposed a constitutional amendment to add a member to the st

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