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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Iowa

PHOTO: The tax filing deadline has arrived, and that means a federal income tax bill of nearly $10,000 for the average Iowa taxpayer. Photo credit:

DES MOINES, Iowa - Taxes are on the minds of many Iowans with today's tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars go. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and research director Lindsay Koshgarian said out of every federal income tax dol...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Automotive experts say car seats should not be purchased at garage sales, in part because seats may have missing or broken parts, or could be part of a recall. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the start of garage sale season, a reminder that there may be appealing deals for products like car seats, but buying used seats could also be dangerous. Kristel Wetjen, pediatric trauma nurse coordinator at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, says it's recommended p...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Every year in the U.S. and Canada, there are about 25,000 crashes, resulting in 80 to 90 deaths, from material unintentionally discharged from vehicles. Photo credit: w.marsh/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowa slowly inches closer to summer, it's becoming a common site on roadways across the state – vehicles hauling yard and garden waste or large, bulky items to area landfills – and drivers are being urged to secure their loads. Leslie Irlbeck, program and ou...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The battle over how best to negotiate foreign trade agreements is expected to soon heat up in Washington D.C., as the Obama administration pushes for fast-track authority on deals such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Photo credit: Hakan Dahlstrom/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A growing coalition of American food and farm groups is calling for rejection of a plan to give President Obama fast-track negotiating authority on foreign-trade agreements. The proposal, which may be introduced as early as next week, would allow the administration to negotiate t...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Iowa has one of the country's highest percentages of bridges in need of major repair or upgrading, according to a new report that breaks down the numbers state by state. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has one of the highest percentages in the nation of bridges that are in need of major repairs or upgrades, according to a new report. The analysis was done by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. Its chief economist, Alison Black, said the group found t...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: A new Gallup survey finds 14.6 percent of respondents in Iowa didn't always have enough money to put food on the table last year, up from 12.4 percent in 2013. Photo credit: Sergio Vassio Photography/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Despite an improving economy, a new Gallup report shows the number of Iowans who are struggling with hunger is on the rise. According to the survey, 14.6 percent of Iowa respondents admit they didn't always have enough money to put food on the table last year, up from 12.4 percen...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Efforts are under way to build support for a bill in the U.S. Senate that would help to reduce the risk of injury and death related to wandering by those with autism. Photo credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is Autism Awareness Month, and one focus this year is on the dangers of those children on the spectrum who engage in wandering. Kris Steinmetz, executive director with the Autism Society of Iowa, says kids with autism often have no fear and don't realize the consequences of ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

IMAGE: Today (Wednesday) is National Walking Day, as kids and adults across Iowa are being encouraged to starting taking some steps toward better health. Image credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - All across Iowa today, residents young and old are being urged to grab their sneakers, lace them up and get moving toward a healthier and longer life. This is National Walking Day, and Kassi Wessing, communications director for the American Heart Association in Iowa, said making ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

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