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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: A big protest is planned against President Trump today, a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally, and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - ID: Poverty Issues

Idaho ranks 20th overall for child well-being in a new national report, but last in the country for its high number of young children not enrolled in preschool. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

BOISE, Idaho – Results from an annual report released today on child well-being show a mixed bag for Idaho kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book assesses states on key indicators of how children and families are faring. This year, it ranks Idaho 20th overall. The st

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

Child-care workers bear the responsibility of both looking after and helping to educate children. (Isaac and Aaron Goldberg/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- As the halfway mark in this year's legislative session approaches, issues such as the state's surplus and tax cuts are making headlines. But that could be obscuring one important issue affecting Idaho parents: The dire state of many of the state’s child care providers. A stud

Researchers who looked at more than 500,000 military casualties found U.S. troops from low-income areas have more limited access to health services. (Pixabay)

BOISE, Idaho – The scars of war might be deeper for soldiers who come from poorer areas of the country, according to a new study. Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota and Douglas Kriner from the University of Boston looked at more than 500,000 American combat casualties since World Wa

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

A bill to prevent municipalities from raising the minimum wage advanced in the Idaho House on Monday. (cohdra/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - and Anne Nesse (NESS-see), director of Raiseidaho.org. The House Business Committee in the Idaho Legislature moved Monday to make sure cities and counties won't be able to raise their minimum wage, even though so far they have refused to consider a bill to raise it statewide. Hou

About 78,000 Idahoans still lack health insurance because of the state's reluctance to accept federal Medicaid funding. Credit: Parenting Upstream/Pixabay.

ALBION, Idaho – Seventy-eight thousand Idahoans are still waiting for affordable health insurance. If Idaho "closed the gap" and accepted federal Medicaid funding, Gem State residents would be able to purchase coverage. It's a move a governor's task force has recommended, but the Legislature h

It's National Farmers Market Awareness Week in the Gem State. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho – This week marks National Farmers Market Week in Idaho, as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter. One goal of the week is to highlight the role markets play in local economies by keeping money in communities and strengthening local food systems. Ariel Agenbroad with University of

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