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    PNS Daily News - July 31, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the Clean Power Plan will save Americans some money on their electric bills, concludes a new report; a new program launching in New York seeks to identify and treat people with mental health issues living in low income areas; in California, several grocers face big fines for selling produce tainted with illegal pesticides.

Public News Service - Iowa

PHOTO: A new report suggests that Iowa should consider changing the permitting process for new wind operations in the state. According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process could be streamlined with a single source of approval, instead of developers needing to go get the OK both locally and from the state. Photo credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Critics claim the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will raise electricity prices, but a pair of reports suggest it'll mean lower bills for Iowa families. With participation in energy-efficiency programs under the Clean Power Plan, the analyses say that Iowa households could save up to $83 a month by 2030. Photo credit: Kameleon007.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for Iowa consumers. One report that looks at the economics of the Clean Power Plan is from Synapse Energy...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a number of events to celebrate the milestone is planned across Iowa this weekend. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees that they have the same opportunities as everyone else. Photo credit: Jason Doiy.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a major milestone as the landmark civil rights law that ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was spearheaded by former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and sign...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: It will be a while before corn and beans come out of the ground, but Iowa's growing summer harvest of small grains is now underway. After a decades-long decline in the state, barley, oats, rye and wheat are reemerging as important cover crops. Photo courtesy Practical Farmers of Iowa.

JEFFERSON, Iowa – The summer harvest of small grains, many used as cover crops, is once again becoming a common sight across Iowa this time of year. Iowa had nearly five million acres of small grains during the 1950s, and while that number has dropped over the decades, there has been a resurg...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: If you've spent much of this year trying to pay down your credit card debt, you're not alone. According to a recent analysis, Americans paid off $35 billion in credit card debt in the first quarter of this year. Photo credit: MarsBars.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's looking to be a better year financially for those in Iowa and across the country as a recent analysis shows that Americans are making progress in paying down their credit card debt. According to the study by CardHub – a card comparison website – almost $35...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: When a child complains of joint pain and stiffness, it could be more than just growing pains. There are 2,800 children in Iowa who have juvenile arthritis, which is the term used for a variety of childhood autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Photo credit: SAM Nasim/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, and while arthritis is most often associated with older adults, children can also be affected. Corrine Grace, community engagement director in Iowa and Nebraska for the Arthritis Foundation, says early diagnosis and treatment are...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Items like cleaning products, batteries, lawn fertilizer and oil should never be tossed in the garbage or poured down the drain as they pose health, safety and environmental risks. Photo credit: U.S. Army Environmental Command/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Hazardous household chemicals can build up around the home and garage quickly, but they can't be tossed with the regular garbage, so Iowans are being reminded to dispose of them properly. It's estimated the average home has accumulated around 100 pounds of cleaning products, oi...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: With eight such heatstroke deaths in the U.S. already this year, a reminder to parents in Iowa and nationwide to never leave children inside a vehicle unattended. Photo credit: Ryan Dickey/Flickr.

DES MONINES, Iowa - With the Fourth of July holiday now in the books, it's straight ahead to Iowa's hottest days of summer and that has parents being reminded of the dangers when it comes to children, vehicles and heatstroke. There are children who die every year after being left in the heat in a ...Read More

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