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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Public News Service - Iowa

GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Iowans will lose an hour of sleep this weekend as clocks spring forward, but for many it'll just be another day in their regular struggle to get enough rest. Photo credit: David Goehring/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Like food, water and oxygen, sleep is one of the basics for human survival, but for many folks, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is little more than a dream. It's estimated that more than a third of adults don't always get the amount of sleep they need to fe...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, and the conditions can lead to serious health problems and even death if untreated. Photo credit: Jade Jackson/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As with many other conditions, early intervention is key to recovery for people struggling with eating disorders, a potentially life-threatening problem. Only a small percentage of those with eating disorders seek professional help, often because they believe it's just a phase or...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: A new report calls for a stronger focus on a new ways to measure poverty and evaluate the programs aimed at helping families in financial turmoil. Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Child poverty in the U.S. has been measured in the same way for decades, but a new report shows there may be better indicators of child well-being and the programs that aim to help kids from lower-income families. Mike Crawford, director with Iowa Kids Count, says one key proble...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Voices across Iowa are calling for a 'Fix It First' approach to roads and bridges, following Tuesday's passage of a bill to raise the state gas tax by 10-cents. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature has approved a 10-cent hike in the state's gas tax to fund roads and bridges, and residents and organizations speaking out after the bill's passage say the initial focus must be on repairing existing infrastructure. Laura Belin, a 1000 Friends of Iowa board ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The number of solar jobs in Iowa went up in 2014 to about 900, while the total number of solar energy-related employees in the U.S. is about 173,000. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The sun is shining a bit brighter on the solar industry in Iowa, as the latest analysis shows the state continues to gain jobs in that market. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says the number of solar-related jobs in Iowa grew 29 percent fr...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: New research finds that plans to reduce carbon pollution from aging power plants in Iowa and nationwide will not jeopardize the reliability of the country's power grid. Photo credit: k.e. mckenzie/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As plans move forward for cutting carbon pollution from aging power plants in Iowa and across the country, new research concludes that concerns about any negative impact on reliability are unjustified. The study by energy experts with the Analysis Group finds that the Envi...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: It's already estimated that smoking kills nearly a half-million people in this country each year, including thousands in Iowa, but new research points to even more associated deaths. Photo credit: Tela Chhe/Flickr.

DES MONIES, Iowa - While many of the dangers of smoking have been well known for some time, new research shows the consequences may be larger and deadlier than previously thought. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are 21 different causes of death attributed to smoking, with some 480,000 d...Read More

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