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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - ID: Rural/Farming

The dairy industry relies on foreign-born labor, although it isn't eligible for the H-2A visa. (Kenneth Freeman/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho's rural communities rely on agriculture. And that means these communities also rely on foreign-born laborers. Idaho Dairymen's Association director Bob Naerebout said the number of undocumented workers in dairy isn't certain, but according to national audits, the number could

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

Author Doug Griffiths says offering social activities like line dancing for older residents can help revitalize small towns. (Jeffrey Smith/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Rural Idaho communities that are looking to revitalize themselves should consider investing in one of the country's greatest assets: older Americans. That's according to researcher and small-town consultant Doug Griffiths, who is also the author of "13 Ways to Kill Your Commun

Craters of the Moon National Monument was originally designated in 1924. It was expanded in 2000. (BLM/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Public lands advocates from Idaho and around the country are in Washington Thursday to tell policymakers not to make changes to the country's national monuments, including Idaho's Craters of the Moon. The Interior Department is reviewing 27 monuments that have been designated

A number of undercover investigations have revealed cruel conditions for cows on dairy farms. (Scott Olson/GettyImages)

BOISE, Idaho – The state of Idaho is appealing a court decision that struck down its so-called ag-gag law, which was passed to punish food safety and animal rights activists who secretly film and reveal conditions for animals at agricultural facilities. Oral arguments on the law, which was r

A screenshot from a video made at the Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen, which sparked Idaho's ag-gag law. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West. Last summer, a district court struck down Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law. The state appealed

Today is World Wildlife Day, and conservation groups are promoting measures to conserve habitat by fighting the transfer of public lands to state control. (sgarton/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Today, March 3, is annual World Wildlife Day and this year, conservation advocates in Idaho are taking the opportunity to speak out on issues that most affect wildlife in the Gem State. They are particularly concerned about the movement to transfer federal public land to state contr

Opposition to federal management of public lands is a longstanding idea in Idaho and underpins support among some in the Gem State for the protesters currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (ostephy/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Some of the ideas behind the standoff in Oregon this week, in which anti-government protesters have seized buildings on a federal wildlife refuge, have been floating around for years in Idaho. More than 60 percent of the Gem State is comprised of federally owned land. A few years ago

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