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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - ID: Consumer Issues

Idahoans on Medicare will have a chance to compare costs of prescription drug plans during open enrollment, which starts Sunday, Oct. 15. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Open enrollment for Medicare begins this Sunday, which means more than 280,000 participants in Idaho have the opportunity to review their Medicare plans. People across the country have until December 7 to look at making changes to their current plans, or to sign up for Medicare. Fr

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

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

Solar energy powers 45,000 homes in Idaho, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Chris Kantos/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Power is asking for permission from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to put customers who use solar energy into a different rate-paying class. Clean energy advocates say this is the first step toward charging solar customers more. The company says net metering solar cust

A new report finds some water treatment plants may be polluting the waters Idahoans swim and play in. (Joe Nuxoll/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – The vast majority of Idaho sewage treatment plants need to clean up their act to ensure clean water for Idahoans and the environment, according to a new report. The Idaho Conservation League report shows wastewater treatment plants in the state racked up more than 1,700 violat

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

Boise's deputy fire chief suggests Idahoans watch experts light aerial fireworks rather than doing it themselves. (Edward Simpson/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-safety experts want Idahoans to have a blast this Fourth of July, but they also want residents to stay safe. Earlier this week, the Idaho Attorney General's Office clarified that aerial fireworks are illegal and should not be sold at retail stands. Romeo Gervais, deputy c

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

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