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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - ID: Poverty Issues

Summer meal programs are an important resource for working families when school isn't in session. (smgu3/Twenty20)

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho ranks in the top 10 for participation rates in summer lunch programs for kids, according to a new report. The Food Research and Action Center's analysis, released today, found that about one in five Idaho students who are part of the free and reduced-price lunch program during

The Metro Meals on Wheels program serves more than 900 hot meals every weekday to seniors in the Treasure Valley. (Metro Meals on Wheels)

BOISE, Idaho – It's Older Americans Month, a celebration of the country's seniors and also a chance to recognize some of the challenges they face. Today, the Idaho Commission on Aging is presenting the governor's proclamation for Older Americans Month to the Metro Meals on Wheels program at

Last year, the Idaho Foodbank received 173,000 pounds of food during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. (Idaho Foodbank)

BOISE, Idaho — It doesn't get much easier to donate than it will be during this Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger food drive. In Idaho, as well as the rest of the country, people can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes and their local letter carriers will pick them u

Women make 76 cents for every dollar a man makes in Idaho. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Today is Equal Pay Day, marking how long women would have to work into this year in order to make what men did in 2017. Nationally, women are paid about 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid. In Idaho, the ratio is worse, with women working full-time, year-round jobs making 7

An Idaho child care consultant says you might be sending a future leader to day care, so it's important to pick the facility carefully. (Eduardo Merille/Flickr)

POCATELLO, Idaho – How do parents know if a child care facility is right for them? The answer differs among families, but there are some points to consider. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says relationships should be the emphasis among children, caregi

The School Breakfast Program helps prepare students' minds for learning. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – This week, Idaho and states across the nation are celebrating the importance of breakfast for students. President of the Idaho State Board of Education Dr. Linda Clark is reading Gov. Butch Otter's proclamation for Idaho School Breakfast Week at Capital High School this morning.

Lajohnna Honey was part of the Food Is Medicine pilot program, and got to pick her own fresh food at a local farm. (Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force)

BOISE, Idaho – A mission to get patients in clinics greater access to healthy food is expanding in Idaho. The St. Luke's Community Health Improvement Fund is providing a grant to the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force to support the Food Is Medicine initiative. Through a partnership with the F

Thursday is the deadline for Congress to reauthorize funding for community health center. (Erik Drost/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – After more than three months on the precipice, funding for community health centers looks poised for reauthorization. Budget deals in the House and Senate include funding extensions for these centers, which often are lifelines for rural areas. According to the Kaiser Family

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