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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - ID: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservation efforts in Idaho helped recover wolverine populations. (Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – What if states had the resources to prevent animals from ending up on the Endangered Species list? A bill introduced in Congress aims to do just that. Known as the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, it would fund states' wildlife management efforts before species are in dire n

In 2015, the EPA identified more than 220 mines that would have been affected by a rule requiring companies to pay for the cleanup. (Pete Markham/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough mon

Craters of the Moon was one of the national monuments under review by the Trump administration this year. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Conservation, hunting, business and other outdoor interests have sent a petition to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking him to commit his agency to keep public lands in public hands. The coalition filed the letter under the Administrative Procedure Act, requesting that Zinke d

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

This year's wildfire season is the most expensive on record. Last year, the Pioneer Fire burned nearly 190,000 acres of the Boise National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A rare moment of bipartisanship is catching on among Western states' members of Congress with a bill to treat wildfires more like other natural disasters. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act has the support of congressional delegations from Idaho and other Northwest states. It

Beavers were nearly wiped out in the Northwest a century ago. (Yellowstone National Park/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – For Idaho and other parts of the West to fight drought and arid conditions, taking a cue from beavers might help. Thought to be a nuisance by some landowners, researchers are finding the dams that beavers build on creeks and rivers actually help restore them. Researchers des

Idaho's trust lands generated nearly $100 million last year, with much of the money going to support public schools. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – A new map from the Idaho Department of Lands shows nearly all of the state's trust lands are open for recreation. In response to a measure that ultimately failed during the 2017 legislative session, House Concurrent Resolution 20, the department unveiled a map revealing 2.3 mi

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

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