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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


2020Talks - January 20, 2021 


The nation honors lives lost to COVID; America's 46th President set to take office; and the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Biden's cabinet.

Public News Service - ID: Civil Rights

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

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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

An exclusion for pregnant women was included in a 2005 Idaho law allowing people to write living wills. (adistar/Twenty20)

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BOISE, Idaho – A lawsuit has been filed over an Idaho law that voids women's living wills if they become pregnant. Legal Voice and the end-of-life care advocacy group Compassion and Choices filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of four women, saying the law is unconstitutional for violating du

Idaho laws grant the public access to government records and meetings. (joevare/Flickr)

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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)

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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

The coffins at Monday's march signify the children who have died from faith-based medical neglect in Idaho. (Bruce Wingate)

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BOISE, Idaho – Marchers will carry 183 child-sized coffins to the State Capitol Monday to honor and symbolize each of the children they say have died because of Idaho's faith healing exemption law. Idaho is one of only six states where parents who withhold medical care for religious reasons

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

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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

About 2,500 refugees have resettled in Twin Falls since the 1980s. (Danny Canfield/Flickr)

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho – On Sunday, Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho, addressed Twin Falls about what her coalition sees as a rising tide of hate and discrimination in the city. Last week, The New York Times featured an article about a fake news story involving refuge

A hearing was held Monday on a bill concerning faith-healing exemption laws in Idaho. (DieselDemon/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Senate held a hearing on a bill Monday concerning the exemption faith healing receives as a medical practice for treating children. The Senate State Affairs Committee heard from Sen. Dan Johnson of Lewiston, Senate Bill 1182, which would make changes to the civil pro

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