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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

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

High school students will gather on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol to protest gun violence on March 14. (Kevin Rank/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Some Idaho high school students are planning to join their peers across the country in mid-March to protest gun violence. Students will stage a walkout on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. They say they'll stand outside for 17

States have never called for a convention under Article V of the Constitution. (Chuck Coker/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers are once again proposing joining 28 other states in the call for a Constitutional Convention. On Thursday, legislators printed the bill that would allow states to convene a convention under Article Five of the Constitution once 34 states had signed on. Conventi

Families living in relative comfort should take some time to think about those in need this holiday season, says Taryn Yates of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. (emz993/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – As a grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, Taryn Yates considers the well-being of children in a host of trying situations. More than 17 percent of Idaho children are living in poverty; others face unstable home lives as parents struggle with mental illness or addic

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