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Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

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

Dr. Heidi Hutner's documentary follows four mothers who experienced the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. (Martijn Hart)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A documentary explores the lives of women affected by the Three Mile Island accident – the waste from which eventually ended up in Idaho. This year marks 40 years since the partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Accidents Can Happen: The Wom

Climate activists say the warming climate is causing an increased threat from wildfires in Idaho. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — People around the world will walk out of work and school this Friday to call for action on climate change, including many in Idaho. Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg spurred the Global Climate Strike in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summ

The Idaho Speaks town-hall tour came to Coeur d'Alene on July 30, packing the meeting hall. (Reclaim Idaho)

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Critics of a bid by Idaho legislators to restrict the citizen initiative process continue their tour across the state. Reclaim Idaho has hosted events in Boise, Sandpoint and, most recently, Coeur d'Alene on its Idaho Speaks town-hall series. This past legislative session

Legislators in 17 states, including Idaho, have introduced identical bills opposing Sharia law 40 times over the past decade. (Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Does this bill sound familiar? An investigation of state legislation across the country finds Idaho is one of many states where identical bills aimed at preventing Sharia law in courtrooms has been introduced. A joint investigation by the Arizona Republic, Center for Public

Rallies are planned in more than 170 cities across the country to protest detention centers for children and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. (John MacDonald/Flickr)

COUER D’ALENE, Idaho — Protests against detention-center conditions for children at the U.S.-Mexico border are taking place across the country today. Pushback against the holding facilities has been growing since lawyers and doctors began making public what they saw at the camps, includi

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