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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - ID: Civil Rights

Thirty-five states ban employers from asking job-seekers about their criminal records on applications. (thanksforbuying/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho -- People with criminal records often struggle to find work after they're released from prison. But now Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that could make it easier for them. The Fair Chance Employment Act would bar employers from excluding people with records, delaying criminal

There are a number of bills in the Idaho Legislature this session aimed at the state's transgender population. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Senate will decide on a bill that would bar transgender people from changing their birth certificates to match their gender identities. The legislation received approval from the House last week despite a 2018 federal court order rejecting the same policy from the Idaho D

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

The Boise Pride Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise is set to host one of its biggest pride festivals ever, but the Idaho State Capitol might not be part of the festivities. After three years of lighting the building with rainbow lights to support the LGBTQ community, Idaho officials say the Capitol building is no longer

Critics say computer programs that perform risk assessments on defendants in criminal cases aren't blind and actually contain racial bias. (pixel2013/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Critics of computer algorithms that predict someone's risk of committing a crime say they're tinged with racial bias. A bipartisan measure in the Idaho Legislature aims to make the algorithms transparent and ban those that show bias. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU

The vigil for children who have died due to the faith-healing exemption is being held at the Capitol rotunda. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Opponents to Idaho's religious exemptions to providing medical care for children are gathering at the State Capitol Building Thursday to hold a vigil. The vigil will honor children who have died because they didn't receive medical attention. The exemption often is called the

Idaho and Utah this year became the last two states to protect breastfeeding in public. (sandra.o.m/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – It's World Breastfeeding Week, and one health professional is letting moms know the Affordable Care Act can provide them with resources. Idaho ranks second in the nation for breastfeeding, and Shari Criso, a nurse midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant,

State officials estimate Idaho's prison population will reach 10,000 by 2022. (jodylehigh/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – A $500-million-dollar prison expansion proposal is likely heading to the Idaho Legislature next year. What else could the state do to curb its skyrocketing prison population? One state lawmaker says the Gem State needs to address this issue before Idahoans end up behind bars

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