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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Advocates for young children say investment from Idaho is crucial to make sure every child has access to early learning. (Brandi Nyhof/Idaho AEYC)

BOISE, Idaho – Next week, Idahoans and people across the nation will celebrate the Week of the Young Child, dedicated to children and the importance of early learning. Many advocates for the youngest Idahoans feel the state is lagging behind, as one of only six states that doesn't invest stat

Idaho ranks in the bottom 10 when it comes to the pay gap between men and women. (Rochelle Hartman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, marking the additional months into 2017 it takes women to catch up with men's salaries from 2016. Nationally, women are paid 80 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same job. The gap is greater for women in Idaho, who receive only 74 cents for

Thousands of Idahoans rallied in Boise on Saturday to support public lands. (Nathan Field)

BOISE, Idaho - Outdoor enthusiasts rallied on Saturday at the Idaho state Capitol in support of public lands. A broad coalition of hunters, hikers, conservationists, bikers and more came to the steps of the Capitol to listen to speakers on the importance of public lands and keeping them out of priv

Child-care workers bear the responsibility of both looking after and helping to educate children. (Isaac and Aaron Goldberg/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the halfway mark in this year's legislative session approaches, issues such as the state's surplus and tax cuts are making headlines. But that could be obscuring one important issue affecting Idaho parents: The dire state of many of the state’s child care providers. A stud

During the financial crisis, an Idaho credit union created a second-chance mortgage program to help out customers. (Investment Zen/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – As confidence in big banks erodes, Idahoans are turning to credit unions to keep their money safe. More than 740,000 - or about 45 percent - of Gem State residents now are members of credit unions. From 2006 to 2016, a Gallup poll shows trust in banks declined by 22 percent.

A new report finds center-based child care is more costly than college tuition in Idaho. (U.S. Army/Flickr)

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The cost of center-based child care in Idaho is higher than the cost of tuition at a public college, according to a recent report. The study from Child Care Aware of America found that the average annual cost of center-based child care is more than $7,300, and home-based ca

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya has given employees at his company, including 1,000 in Twin Falls, access to paid family leave starting in 2017. (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Nearly 1,000 Chobani employees in Twin Falls will have the option of six weeks' paid family leave starting in 2017. The yogurt company joins companies such as Johnson and Johnson and Netflix in offering paid family leave. A handful of states - including California and, as of T

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

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