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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - ID: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Conservation groups are concerned that a bill in Congress will undermine environmental laws. (Larry Miller/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Passed by the U.S. House and moving on to the Senate, the Resilient Federal Forests Act is aimed at protecting forests from fires. But conservation groups in Idaho and across the country say it undermines the most meaningful efforts to do just that. Among their many concerns i

One of Idaho's U.S. Senators has introduced a bill to create a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area. (Steve Weisse/Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

SANDPOINT, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Jim Risch has introduced a bill in Congress to create the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area in northern Idaho, which would encompass nearly 14,000 acres of national forest land in Bonner County. Wilderness designation for the area has garnered widespread support i

Members of the Nez Perce are asking for the breaching of four Lower Snake River dams, including the Little Goose Dam, above. (Melissa Shavlik/Northwest Power and Conservation Council)

LEWISTON, Idaho – Nez Perce tribe members believe the best way to restore salmon and steelhead to their Idaho communities is by breaching the four Lower Snake River dams. Tomorrow, members of the tribe will be in Lewiston for an informal public hearing on what federal agencies should do in or

Conservation and fishing groups say four dams on the lower Snake River keep many migrating salmon from getting to Idaho. (Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTON, Idaho - A "Free the Snake Flotilla" is floating the Snake River on Saturday, calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake to help improve salmon and steelhead habitat. The second annual event includes members of the Nez Perce Tribe, sport fishermen, biologists, and others who be

A judge has ruled against a plan to explore mining claims in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wildnerness. (Idaho Conservation League)

YELLOW PINE, Idaho - Conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as a federal judge ruled against a mining company plan to build roads and drilling pads in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. A coalition of groups including Earthworks, the Idaho Conservation League,

The U.S. Forest Service will allow small-scale, suction-dredge gold mining on the South Fork of the Clearwater River this summer. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - Suction dredge mining will be allowed for the first time in a long time on the South Fork of the Clearwater River, French Creek and Orogrande Creek in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, as part of a new permit system announced by the U.S. Forest Service. Up to 15 miners will b

The federal government has denied permission to build a hydroelectric dam project on the Bear River. (Kevin Lewis, Idaho Rivers United)

PRESTON, Idaho - A nearly 14-year battle to stop plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Bear River near Preston is over, after a federal decision on the project on Thursday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the application by Twin Lakes Canal Co. to build a 10-megawatt dam in an area p

Five conservation groups are suing the federal government to stop the killing of wolves in Idaho until an environmental assessment is done. (deborahcat/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho – Five conservation groups filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boise on Wednesday to stop federal wildlife agents from killing wolves in Idaho until the federal government completes an environmental impact statement. The complaint alleges that agents from the U.S. Department of

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