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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 12, 2020 


California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Public News Service - ID: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Boise is partnering with a Salt Lake City company to turn some hard-to-recycle plastics into diesel. (Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has found a new destination for some plastics after China announced it will no longer accept certain recyclables. China has been a major market for western U.S. cities' recycling material, and its announcement has put many in a tough spot. Starting this spring, Boise is

In 2015, the EPA identified more than 220 mines that would have been affected by a rule requiring companies to pay for the cleanup. (Pete Markham/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough mon

The Bureau of Land Management is holding public informational open houses all this week to explain the controversial proposed Gateway West Transmission Line project. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - This week, the public can learn more about the massive 1,100 mile Gateway West Transmission Line project at several open houses hosted by the Bureau of Land Management. There are events today in Boise and Kuna, one tomorrow in Twin Falls and one Thursday in Murphy. Experts will be a

Idaho's delegation in Washington scored very low on the annual League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. (ostephy/Morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Nada. Zip. Zero percent. That's the score received by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch on the annual Environmental Scorecard released Wednesday by the League of Conservation Voters. Representative Raúl Labrador cast pro-environmental votes just 3 percent of the time an

Clean-power groups are pushing for more renewables and full compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan in 2016. (xandert/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - As 2016 draws near, clean-power groups are looking ahead to the work still to be done to implement new federal mandates and move toward more renewables. By September, the state has to submit a plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan, which sets targets for reduction of gree

Coal vs. energy efficency and renewables is the topic for discussion at a public meeting in Boise on Thursday night. Credit: eyemark/iStock

BOISE, Idaho - Should Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington build more power plants, or rely more on energy efficiency and renewables? Issues like these will be addressed at a public hearing in Boise tomorrow night on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 7th Regional Power Plan. The pla

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