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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - ID: Health Issues

Peaceful Belly Farm participates in the Food is Medicine project to bring fresh produce to food insecure families.(Peaceful Belly Farm)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is proclaiming October Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month. His proclamation will be read at Peaceful Belly Farm in Garden City and highlight the fact that many families in the Gem State aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Peaceful Bel

Idahoans on Medicare will have a chance to compare costs of prescription drug plans during open enrollment, which starts Sunday, Oct. 15. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Open enrollment for Medicare begins this Sunday, which means more than 280,000 participants in Idaho have the opportunity to review their Medicare plans. People across the country have until December 7 to look at making changes to their current plans, or to sign up for Medicare. Fr

There are two bills in Congress addressing funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. (Misha Popovikj/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for children are concerned that a federal home visiting program could end if Congress doesn't act this week. Funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, referred to as MIECHV, is set to expire Saturday. Without an extension, Idaho could lose

Idaho's working poor often don't have access to early cancer screenings, leading to higher rates of cancer diagnoses.  (skeeze/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho has a lot of room to prevent and reduce cancer, especially for the state's working poor. A new report from American Cancer Society's "Cancer Action Society" gives Idaho a failing grade in six of its nine categories. The categories include tobacco prevention funding, brea

Kristen Worthington and her son Nicholas of Boise were both diagnosed with cancer this year, only months apart. (Courtesy of Rick Worthington)

BOISE, Idaho – In February, Rick Worthington's wife Kristen found out she had breast cancer. Kristen was caught off-guard by the diagnosis and shortly after her 43rd birthday, the primary tumor was removed. But the Worthingtons were in for another shock. In May, they learned that 13-year-o

A new report finds some water treatment plants may be polluting the waters Idahoans swim and play in. (Joe Nuxoll/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The vast majority of Idaho sewage treatment plants need to clean up their act to ensure clean water for Idahoans and the environment, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League report shows wastewater treatment plants in the state racked up more than 1,700 violat

Boise's deputy fire chief suggests Idahoans watch experts light aerial fireworks rather than doing it themselves. (Edward Simpson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-safety experts want Idahoans to have a blast this Fourth of July, but they also want residents to stay safe. Earlier this week, the Idaho Attorney General's Office clarified that aerial fireworks are illegal and should not be sold at retail stands. Romeo Gervais, deputy c

Idaho ranks 20th overall for child well-being in a new national report, but last in the country for its high number of young children not enrolled in preschool. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Results from an annual report released today on child well-being show a mixed bag for Idaho kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book assesses states on key indicators of how children and families are faring. This year, it ranks Idaho 20th overall. The st

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