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    PNS Daily News - June 30, 20160 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; holiday travelers brace for stepped up security at airports; Vermont's new GMO law changes labels in California and around the nation; and Yellowstone Park Rangers have some long holiday weekend advice.

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Wisconsin is a national leader in production of organic vegetables, and the state's heritage of family-owned farms fits perfectly with the growth of organic ag. (UW Extension)

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - In addition to leading the nation in the number of organic dairy and beef farms, Wisconsin is second in total number of organic farms, and ranks first in number of farms raising organic hogs, pigs, layer chickens, and turkeys. The Badger state is also first in organic corn, o ...Read More

This base supplied by Lundell Plastics will hold what the people of Sac City, Iowa, hope will become the World's Largest Popcorn Ball. (LundellPlastics.com)

SAC CITY, Iowa - Popcorn was once commonly grown by Iowa farmers, and that heritage is part of what's being celebrated this weekend in Sac City, where the World's Largest Popcorn Ball will be made on Saturday. Rhonda Lines is chief financial officer for Noble Popcorn, which is supplying the raw mat ...Read More

Colorado LGBT communities are forging ahead with gay pride events. (US Department of State/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - The tragedy in Orlando is not stopping upcoming gay pride celebrations across Colorado. Denver PrideFest is forging ahead with events scheduled for this weekend at Civic Center Park. Last year's festival and parade drew more than 365,000 people. Rex Fuller, vice president for communicatio ...Read More

The first Indian Relay races of the season kicked off in Buffalo, Wyo., this past weekend. (Diana Volk)

BUFFALO, Wyo. - The first Indian Relay Races of the season kicked off in Buffalo, Wyo., this past weekend. Twenty adult teams competed in what has been called America's "first extreme sport," where riders dressed in traditional regalia leap from one moving horse to another along a half-mile track. ...Read More

Bison that have been locally decorated are being placed all around Indiana ahead of the bicentennial celebration. (United Way)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A unique way to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial. The Indiana Association of United Ways is coordinating a Bison-tennial Public Art Project by placing as many locally decorated 5-foot-tall Fiberglas bison in as many of Indiana's 92 counties as possible. Adam Drummond, inter ...Read More

Supporters say a Birthplace of Rivers National Monument - including the Cranberry Glades - would mean more jobs at a time when West Virginia needs them. (Mike Costello)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A Birthplace of Rivers National Monument could boost tourism and help the state replace losses in the coal and gas industries, according to supporters. As West Virginia wrestles with the fallout of declines in fossil-fuel prices, folks such as Gil Willis, vice president of the ...Read More

The Bluegrass Martins are one of several acts on the bill this weekend at the Bluegrass Music Association's festival in Franklin County. (BluegrassMartins.com)

HAMPTON, Iowa - The 2nd Annual Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Festival takes place this weekend, providing family-friendly entertainment and instruments for young people. Three days of live bluegrass music brings together and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds at the Franklin County Fa ...Read More

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Families have plenty of things to do and see across the state of Iowa as summer arrives without breaking the bank. Tourism is an $8 billion industry, said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager at Travel Iowa, and this year's numbers are expected to surpass last year's b ...Read More

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