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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - ID: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

Over the summer, Reclaim Idaho toured the state in a green camper to speak to communities about Medicaid expansion. (Luke Mayville/Reclaim Idaho)

BOISE, Idaho -- Advocates for the expansion of Medicaid in Idaho say it won't just be a boon for the 78,000 Idahoans who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. It also could save rural hospitals. Petitioners are likely to hear back from the secretary of state's office next month on whether they can

There are two bills in Congress addressing funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. (Misha Popovikj/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - Advocates for children are concerned that a federal home visiting program could end if Congress doesn't act this week. Funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, referred to as MIECHV, is set to expire Saturday. Without an extension, Idaho could lose

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 working poor often don't have access to early cancer screenings, leading to higher rates of cancer diagnoses.  (skeeze/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho has a lot of room to prevent and reduce cancer, especially for the state's working poor. A new report from American Cancer Society's "Cancer Action Society" gives Idaho a failing grade in six of its nine categories. The categories include tobacco prevention funding, brea

In Idaho, the average cost of child care for a four-year-old is between $5,800 and $8,000 a year. (Kyle Peyton/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho - It remains to be seen whether congressional leaders will follow President Trump's lead in budget negotiations, but one cut proposed for next year's budget has advocates for Idaho's children concerned. Around $95 million could be slashed from the Child Care and Development Block Grant

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

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