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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


2020Talks - January 15, 2021 


States shore up security ahead of Inauguration Day; Biden unveils an ambitious economic relief plan; and Human Rights Watch report chides Trump's record.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

An undisclosed donor is helping the organization Economic Opportunity offer 50 people in Idaho emergency personal loans. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - While there may be a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, many Idahoans still face big financial challenges. One organization offering emergency personal loans to people in the Treasure Valley and Twin Falls areas says it's been hard to keep up with demand. Economic Opportunity

More than 88% of absentee ballots had been returned in Ada County as of this weekend. (IdahoVotes.gov)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Idahoans working at the polls today are likely to be younger than in past elections. In previous years, the majority of poll workers have been over age 60. But concern about the health of older Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed election offices to seek help from Mille

Idahoans' ballots need to be in their local county clerk's office by the time polls close on Nov. 3 to be counted. (Idahovotes.gov)

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BOISE, Idaho -- For Idahoans voting in the November election, there are some dates and tips to keep in mind. Susan Ripley, president of the League of Women Voters-Idaho, noted preregistration, online or by mail, closed Oct. 9, but people still have options for registering. "You can go to the clerk

Matt Hildreth, head of Ruralorganizing.org, says some disinformation campaigns online are meant to incite violence. (momius/Adobe Stock)

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EMMETT, Idaho - This week, President Donald Trump made a false claim that planes "loaded with thugs" were being sent to towns to take them over. The claim mirrors a viral Facebook post in June from an Idaho man in Emmett, who said left-wing "Antifa" supporters were on a plane to Boise. The Payette

Millennials and Generation Z make up 40% of the voting population. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Classrooms won't look the same this fall, and neither will efforts to register Idaho students to vote. "What The Vote Idaho" is a nonpartisan project dedicated to registering and getting young adults engaged in the election process. Chris Stokes, co-founder of What The Vote Idaho,

Idahoans without state identification still can vote in the Nov. 3 election if they register by Oct. 9. (soupstock/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - AARP is encouraging older Americans to get ready to vote this November. AARP Idaho has launched its "Protect Voters 50-plus" campaign to educate people about what they need to do to have their voices heard in this election. For instance, Randy Simon, communications director for AARP

Utility company Avista has committed to providing 100% clean energy by 2045. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

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SANDPOINT, Idaho -- Idahoans will get a chance to have their voices heard on their energy future this week. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is holding a virtual public hearing on Avista's 20-year integrated resource plan on Wednesday. The city of Sandpoint, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho F

More than half of poll workers in 2016 were over the age of 60 -- a high risk group during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Lisa F. Young/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- With the highest turnout for primaries in 40 years, Idaho's unique all-absentee election in May presented a challenge for the state. The Idaho Secretary of State's office says it plans to run this November's event more like past elections -- if counties can find enough poll workers

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