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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - ID: Poverty

The Medicaid expansion measure passed in November aimed to provide health insurance for the estimated 60,000 Idahoans who fall into the coverage gap. (Kencf0618/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho - With the legislative session drawing to an end, Idaho lawmakers still are working out how to implement voter-backed Medicaid expansion. A number of bills have been introduced, many of which are attempts to add work requirements. The latest effort, House Bill 277 by Rep. John Vander W

With rising rents and a growing population, Idaho is facing a shortage of affordable housing. (woodleywonderworks/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho renters are feeling the squeeze as rents have increased at three times the rate of wages in the state over the past few decades. According to a new report by the Idaho Asset Building Network, Idaho incomes have gone up 11 percent since 1990. Meanwhile, median rent has

About 300,000 people will have access to health coverage after voters in three states, including Idaho, passed Medicaid expansion. (Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho joined two other states on Election Day in expanding Medicaid to low-income residents. Proposition 2 passed by a wide margin, garnering 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday. It will potentially cover 62,000 Idahoans who fall into the Medicaid gap – those who make to

Often the only option for low-income Americans, legal service providers help about 20 percent of qualifying clients in civil court cases. (annie29/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – An organization that offers a critical type of aid for Idaho's poorest residents turned 50 this week. Idaho Legal Aid Services is the only statewide group with free legal representation and advice for low-income folks in civil law cases. Legal representation is a constitutiona

In the past, Idahoans in the immigrant court system were referred to free and low-cost legal services in Montana or Washington. (Immigrant Justice Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho — A new nonprofit has launched to give more Idahoans in immigrant court legal representation. Currently, only 25 percent of Idahoans facing deportation proceedings have a lawyer. Immigrant Justice Idaho is looking to address one of the biggest barriers for immigrants in court: c

In their Supermarket Dash event, Treasure Valley credit unions raised $4,000 for their local food pantries. (Salvation Army Nampa Corps)

BOISE, Idaho – With the holiday season a few months away and school back in session, food pantries are in need. This year, a group of Idaho credit unions stepped in to help with a race through the supermarket. Hunger is a major issue in the Gem State. According to the Food Research and Actio

Both urban and rural parts of Idaho have seen increases in the number of homeless students. (ms_psych/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho – Homelessness and a lack of stable housing for their families has soared among Idaho students in the past few years, according to a new analysis. The state Department of Education has found that K-through-12 students without regular housing increased from about 4,700 in the 2010

Last year, more than three-quarters of the people in Idaho who received SNAP benefits were in families with children. (vikvarga/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Low-income Idahoans who receive food benefits could be required to find jobs if that policy survives the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The U.S. House and Senate each has passed its own Farm Bill and now have to reconcile the two. The House bill would mandate stricter

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