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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.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and the nation's abortion debate are back in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - ID: Civic Engagement

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

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

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