PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 

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Public News Service - ID: Urban Planning/Transportation

AARP's Community Challenge project is looking for ideas about how to make cities more welcoming for people of all ages. (punttim/Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the large population of baby boomers grows older, making cities friendly for residents all ages has become more important than ever. The AARP Community Challenge offers grants to projects - to be complete by the end of this year - that help cities become friendlier to people of

Conservation and fishing groups say four dams on the lower Snake River keep many migrating salmon from getting to Idaho. (Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTON, Idaho - A "Free the Snake Flotilla" is floating the Snake River on Saturday, calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake to help improve salmon and steelhead habitat. The second annual event includes members of the Nez Perce Tribe, sport fishermen, biologists, and others who be

Idahoans can take a closer look at the Nissan Leaf and other all-electric vehicles this weekend in Boise. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans can learn about the nuts and bolts of electric cars this weekend as part of National Drive Electric Week. Cars, bicycles and some homemade options will be on display Sunday at the MK Nature Center in Boise. Reed Burkholder will be there with his Nissan Leaf, which h

BOISE, Idaho - Rural transportation decisions in Idaho could face a roadblock under the federal transportation bill making its way through Congress. Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello, Lewiston and Idaho Falls would specifically be affected, according to Daren Fluke, president of the Idaho Chapter of the Amer

BOISE, Idaho - Here's something to think about when driving to work or school this week: Nine percent of bridges in Idaho are classified as "structurally deficient." And one in 11 are deteriorating, to some degree. That data comes from Transportation for America (T4 America), along with a price ta

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Crossing the street in Idaho can be more deadly "out the country" than on the busier streets of Boise. That's according to a report released today by Transportation for America. It says the pedestrian death rate is more than twice the national average in Cassia County, and also h

BOISE, Idaho - A plan to drive more than 200 oil company mega-loads to Canada through north-central Idaho along U.S. Highway 12 is being examined from all perspectives at a hearing this week in Boise. The presiding judge, Duff McKee, wants all parties involved to take as much time as needed. Economi

BOISE, Idaho – About 100 people will protest on the Idaho Statehouse steps on Wednesday, taking issue with the "mega-load" oil company shipments rolling along Highway 12. While much debate has focused on the size of the loads - each about three stories tall - and risks to the environment if t

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