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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - ID: Children's Issues

Blue pinwheels are the symbol for child-abuse prevention. (Airman Shawna Keyes/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho - How can children's advocates help Idaho families survive and thrive? The Strengthening Families Training Institute holds its 20th conference in Boise today, bringing together practitioners, educators and parents to learn about best practices for preventing child abuse and neglect. T

The University of Idaho developed BLOCK Fest in 2005 to harness the power of play in helping children learn. (Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children)

BOISE, Idaho - For young children, the building blocks of education could be just that - blocks. Groups are in Boise today meeting with lawmakers for Early Learning Day and also to tout the role that play has in teaching the youngest Idahoans. Brandi Nyhof, outreach coordinator for the Idaho Assoc

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

A panel discussion with local law enforcement and state lawmakers follows the screening of a film on the consequences for children of Idaho's exemption to faith-healing practices. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A documentary screening at the Idaho State Capitol on Wednesday aims to shed light on the sometimes deadly consequences of the state's faith-healing exemptions to providing medical care for children. "Dark Clouds Over Canyon County" examines the history of faith healing in Ida

Idaho is one of only six states that doesn't invest state funds in preschool programs. (kayp/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – Even for a sharply divided Congress, there's one issue that could prove to be a catalyst for collaboration across the aisle – early childhood education. The sixth annual national poll commissioned by the First Five Years Fund finds strong support from voters in both partie

The Boise Bicycle Project continues to provide Treasure Valley kids with bikes after its annual giveaway in December. (Boise Bicycle Project)

BOISE, Idaho — For the Boise Bicycle Project, strong communities are pedal-powered. The group is coming off its annual "holiday kids bike giveaway," setting a personal record this year by giving away more than 550 bikes to Idahoans in the Treasure Valley. But the project doesn't end there. B

Blocks are a fun toy that can encourage children's creative-thinking skills. (Design_Miss_C/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho — With the winter break from school approaching, parents and kids will have more family time together. But these chilly days also mean families have to find more activities to do if they don't want their kids in front of a screen all break. Hailey Michalk is program director of

A former manager says every kids' camp should have sexual abuse prevention training for its staff. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Are children's camps doing enough to prevent sexual abuse? That's a question being raised after a CBS report this week identified more than 500 cases of alleged abuse at camps across the country over the past half-century. Wickes MacColl, a former manager at Paradise Point Epi

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