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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Sometimes a fist bump can suffice for children to show affection toward family members, says Taryn Yates of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. (mliu92/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, but it also is important for parents and other adults to respect children's boundaries, according to Taryn Yates, grant manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. Though it may seem harmless to prompt, cajole or even force

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

Today is Disability Awareness Day at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise. (jorgen mac/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - Today is Disability, Awareness Day and advocates are holding their fifth annual informational fair in the Capitol building in Boise. The idea is to educate lawmakers on issues affecting people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Carlyann McLaren, Awareness Day Committ

Idaho Children's Trust Fund has tips for enjoying the holidays as a family. Credit: reim11/morguefile

BOISE, Idaho - During the holidays, parents can get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping and parties, and sometimes forget that the best present you can give is actually being present. That's the message this season from the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. Taryn Yates, grant manager/planner with th

PHOTO: About 200 people gathered on the Capitol steps in Boise to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month in Idaho yesterday. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Law enforcement officers, students and social workers were among the 200 people who kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month on the Capitol steps in Boise on Wednesday. Speakers described the topic as one that's traditionally been painful to bring up, but which needs to be discussed t

PHOTO: The Strengthening Families Training Institute gets underway today in Boise for two days of sharing tools to protect children from abuse and neglect. Photo credit: Pixabay.com.

BOISE, Idaho - Child abuse and neglect prevention, and healing for the abused are the focus of the Strengthening Families Training Institute, which gets underway Tuesday at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center for two days of sharing tools to protect children and families. Pat Stanislaski, directo

PHOTO: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati

Based on an alternative budget from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, the Gem State could end up with $35 million for Medicaid by shifting some funding decisions.  Image courtesy of Pfc. Jahn R. Kuiper

BOISE, Idaho – The cutting has gone too far in Idaho, and it's time for restoration. That's the message in Steps to Rebuild Medicaid from disability rights groups. They want legislators to take a close look at how cuts have affected children and families. For example, some parents of chi

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