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    PNS Daily News - January 26, 20150 


    Today’s news highlights stories on variety of issues including: a major Nor’easter targeting the East Coast; a CIA whistleblower faces jail time; paid sick time on the table for legislators in Washington; and some say a new study on sodium should be taken with a grain of salt.

Public News Service - Iowa

PHOTO: A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world. Photo credit: Dubravko Soric/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Concerns are being raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems. The study found no association between salt intake and risk of heart failure or mortality among the e...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: With more than half of Iowa farmland owned by people age 65 and older, a major transfer to a new generation is under way, leading to difficult choices for many farm families. Photo credit: Jo Naylor/Flickr.

AMES, Iowa - The historic transition of farmland to a new generation - one of the most sweeping changes ever for the state's rural landscape - is the focus as Practical Farmers of Iowa gather for their annual conference. To help prevent the loss of family farms and keep rural communities strong, sa...Read More

Public News Service - IA

IMAGE: Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. Illustration credit: DonkeyHotey/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - People and organizations around the state and country are marking the fifth anniversary today of a controversial decision on political spending by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling under Citizens United removed limits on campaign spending by organizations independent from the can...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The IRS cautions taxpayers to be wise in choosing a tax preparer this year. Filing taxes is one of the most important yearly financial transactions for Iowans, and the IRA says it's crucial to get it right. Photo credit: John Morgan/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins processing tax returns Tuesday, the agency offers a word of caution for those who will seek help from a paid professional. IRS spokesman Mark Hanson says most preparers are knowledgeable and trustworthy, but sometimes taxpayers can be ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

IMAGE: Homeowners across Iowa are being urged to take action this month by testing for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Graphic credit: Pumbaa80/Wikimedia Commons.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It really is often a matter of out of sight, out of mind, but radon is a deadly danger in homes across the state, and the message on the importance of testing is clear. Mindy Uhle, executive officer of the radon program with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says the r...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Financial advisers say now is the time to start planning and getting organized, so you're not caught in a pinch at the April 15 income tax-filing deadline. Photo credit: Philip Taylor/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's still more than three months away, but Iowans are being urged to spend a little time now to get ready for the upcoming income tax-filing season. By locating and organizing all your important tax documents early in the process, said Internal Revenue Service spokesman Luis Ga...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Time is running out for Iowa farmers and ranchers to voice their concerns on how the Conservation Stewardship Program is set to operate for the next five years. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's an opportunity that only comes along once every five years, so as the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) nears an end, Iowa farmers and ranchers are being urged to make their voices heard. The program offers payments for actively manag...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Among the winners of this year's Best Development Awards from 1000 Friends of Iowa is the Madison Flats apartment building in Des Moines. Photo courtesy: 1000 Friends of Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's been a steadily changing trend in Iowa - and more often, there's a focus on the future and quality of life in residential construction and renovations. According to Siobhan Spain, program director for the Best Development Awards, at 1000 Friends of Iowa, the state has one of...Read More

Public News Service - IA

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