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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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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

State legislators want to enact Article V in order to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. (Wikilmages/PIxabay)

BOISE, Idaho – So far, 28 states have passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention to add an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget - but Idaho isn't one of them. A state Senate resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention was defeated last week,

Idaho's class of 2015 ranked third in the country for its proportion of students with debt. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho students and former students heading into the new year are strapped with debt, and despite political rhetoric on the topic, there doesn't appear to be any sign of relief on the horizon. According to a new report from the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), 7

Outdoor recreation contributes more than $6 billion in consumer spending to Idaho's economy. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

BOISE, Idaho – Sportsmen, wildlife and environmental groups from states around the country, including Idaho, have a request for those running for the White House: Keep public lands in public hands. Forty organizations released a letter this week asking the presidential hopefuls to commit to

The Obama administration recently increased the number of Syrian refugees accepted into the U.S. Just over 100 have settled in the past year in Boise. Above, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a refugee camp in Jordan. (U.S. Dept. of State)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has accepted more Syrian refugees for relocation than New York City and Los Angeles combined, according to The New York Times. Boise and other mid-sized cities are attractive relocation destinations because of their affordability. Jan Reeves, director of the Idaho Offi

Social Security is facing a major crisis as Baby Boomers retire at the rate of about 10,000 a day. (frankieleon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho — Members of AARP Idaho said they want Congress and the President to act now to save Social Security benefits for future generations. More than 800,000 workers in Idaho are currently paying in to Social Security. According to AARP's new report, if no action is taken, benefits wo

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

Five conservation groups are suing the federal government to stop the killing of wolves in Idaho until an environmental assessment is done. (deborahcat/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho – Five conservation groups filed suit in U.S. District Court in Boise on Wednesday to stop federal wildlife agents from killing wolves in Idaho until the federal government completes an environmental impact statement. The complaint alleges that agents from the U.S. Department of

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