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PNS Daily Newscast - March 24, 2017 


On our rundown today: Republican leaders delay the vote on a health-care replacement for Obamacare; legal advice for undocumented immigrants; and one state considers an innovative way to help children with money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Public News Service - ID: Health Issues

A hearing was held Monday on a bill concerning faith-healing exemption laws in Idaho. (DieselDemon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Senate held a hearing on a bill Monday concerning the exemption faith healing receives as a medical practice for treating children. The Senate State Affairs Committee heard from Sen. Dan Johnson of Lewiston, Senate Bill 1182, which would make changes to the civil pro

AARP Idaho says the American Health Care Act raises questions about nursing-home coverage for seniors provided through Medicaid. (kzenon/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - The Republican health-care bill replacing the Affordable Care Act is moving through the U.S. House, but many organizations and even some inside the GOP are opposed to it. AARP has expressed its opposition as well, saying the bill is bad news for many Americans age 50 and older. Lupe

Idaho legislators hold their second work-group meeting on religious exemption laws and faith healing Oct. 10 at the State Capitol. (JSquish/Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers once again take up the religious exemption law this month. It's hard to say how many children have died as a result of Idaho's faith-healing exemption, but a 2015 governor's task force found more than 30 percent of graves between 2002 and 2011 in the Followers

Researchers who looked at more than 500,000 military casualties found U.S. troops from low-income areas have more limited access to health services. (Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – The scars of war might be deeper for soldiers who come from poorer areas of the country, according to a new study. Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota and Douglas Kriner from the University of Boston looked at more than 500,000 American combat casualties since World Wa

Topics at the Idaho AFL-CIO Conference this week will be getting health insurance and higher wages to more Idahoans. (wavebreak/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - About 100 labor leaders from across the state will be in Boise on Monday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Idaho branch of the AFL-CIO and to plan the union's strategy for the next year. One big priority is Medicaid expansion. About 78,000 Idahoans are stuck in the coverage g

Mariah Walton, whose parents denied her medical care, stars in several TV commercials, part of the 'Let Them Live' campaign. (Protect Idaho Kids)

BOISE, Idaho - A series of commercials begin airing this week as part of the 'Let Them Live' campaign to repeal exemptions to child abuse laws that allow faith-healing groups to deny their children medical care. The exemptions, put in place in 1974, shield from prosecution parents whose religious

Conservation advocates are launching a Solarize the Valley campaign in three Idaho counties.(cleanenergy.org)

BOISE, Idaho – Clean energy advocates are launching a campaign this week called Solarize the Valley, an effort to promote renewable energy in the Treasure Valley by offering free estimates and a lower price on solar installations. The kickoff event is this Thursday night at North End Organic

The Atlanta Gold arsenic removal pond has proven ineffective, according to conservation groups who have announced their intention to sue over discharges into the Boise River. (Idaho Conservation League)

BOISE, Idaho - Conservation groups announced Tuesday they plan to sue the Atlanta Gold Corporation over discharges of arsenic into the Boise River from the company's mine near Atlanta, Idaho. The Idaho Conservation League, known as ICL, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center say that the c

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