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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - ID: Consumer

Financial experts suggest saving for three to six months of living expenses in case of an emergency. (Orawan/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho - One of the most common New Year's resolutions is becoming more physically fit. Financial experts say folks also should consider becoming financially fit in 2020. Lynn Heider, vice president for public relations with the Northwest Credit Union Association - which represents more than

The USDA estimates 35% of meat goes unused. (waranyu/Adobe Stock)

BLACKFOOT, Idaho – The holidays mean lots of big meals – and also lots of food waste. But a few tips could help people put those leftovers to good use. Year-round, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 30 to 40% of food is thrown away. Julie Buck, a dietitian with the Univer

Only 17% of Idahoans have access to high-speed, fiber-optic internet. (bugarskipavle3/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Access to the Internet is a critical part of modern life, but many Idahoans can't get connected. Idaho ranks 43rd in connectivity, according to an analysis by the advocacy group BroadbandNow. Todd Achilles, CEO of the broadcast company Edge Spectrum in Boise, says the state

AARP Idaho says don't share your credit card or bank account information with anyone who calls to solicit a charitable donation. (Aris Suwanmalee/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – The winter holidays are supposed to be a time of good cheer, but fraud watchers are warning people to stay vigilant so scammers don't ruin the season. Fraudulent activity increases as folks do their holiday shopping during this hectic time of year. David McCallister, a fraud ex

More than 4,000 rooftop solar owners could see big increases to their electricity bill under an Idaho Power proposal. (Brad Nixon/Adobe Stock)

BOISE, Idaho – Rooftop solar customers could see big changes to their energy bills under a proposal from Idaho Power. The utility company wants to cut in half the price it pays for excess electricity sent back to the grid from solar owners – a structure known as net metering. Current

Eight in 10 people in Idaho see wildfire smoke as a natural hazard, according to new research. (Neal Herbert/U.S. Interior Dept.)

BOISE, Idaho – Wildfires are a threat in the West, but their smoke is even more deadly, researchers say. However, a new survey shows Idahoans don't necessarily see it that way. Researchers at Boise State University surveyed Gem State residents and found 90% have experienced at least one sy

William Perry Pendley, who has a history of anti-public lands viewpoints, has been acting BLM director since August. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

BOISE, Idaho – Concerns are swirling around William Perry Pendley's role as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. Pendley is under fire for advocating the federal sell-off of public lands, as recently as in a 2016 opinion article – and his part in the land-seizure movement.

The area where Rexburg is located is classified as desert because of its scant rainfall. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

REXBURG, Idaho – A city in southeast Idaho on Thursday is being honored for its water conservation efforts. Rexburg has won the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation after residents pledged in April to reduce their water use by 42 million gallons over the next year.

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