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    PNS Daily News - June 29, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from around the world on today’s update, including: an attack at an airport in Istanbul leaves more than 30 people dead; some see a challenge in getting out the Latino youth vote, but now there’s an app for that; and could we soon see the end of the death penalty in the U.S.? One lawyer says it’s inevitable.

Public News Service - Iowa

Robotic milking systems are leading to happier, healthier cows. (DeLaval.com)

WILTON, Iowa - When cows can milk when they want to instead of when farmers get around to it, they're happier and healthier. Voluntary robotic milking systems are popping up at farms in Iowa, especially in smaller operations like Blue Knoll farms in Wilton where Laura Jones is dairy manager. She sai...Read More

Public News Service - IA

The Altoona Campus Aquatic Park is one of several locations participating in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. (Iowa Department of Public Health)

ALTOONA, Iowa – Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four. To cap off Drowning Prevention Week, the Iowa Department of Public Health is offering the World's Largest Swimming Lesson today in Altoona, as part of a nationwide program. "They...Read More

Public News Service - IA

If it feels too hot for a human, it's even worse for pets and could be fatal with heat indexes heading upward. (Animal Rescue League of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- While the dangers of heat stroke and other hazards are high for humans in hot weather, it can be even worse for our pets. "What's really dangerous about weather like this,” said Josh Colvin, animal control services manager with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, “[is...Read More

Public News Service - IA

More than a quarter of the state of Iowa is experiencing abnormal dryness, more than double the area earlier this month. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa - At the beginning of June, about 14 percent of the state of Iowa was experiencing abnormal dryness. The latest findings from the Drought Mitigation Center show that percentage has nearly doubled since then, with the southeast corner of the state being the driest. Dr. Deborah Ba...Read More

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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

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The multi-religious group Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is bringing together farmers, religious leaders and climate change experts to work on finding solutions (IowaIPL.org)

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- Climate change and the conversation about solutions to it are being taken up by people of faith in Iowa, especially farmers, who are hit particularly hard by floods, droughts and other climate events. "All major faith traditions have something to say about caring for the Earth, ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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Farmer Aaron Lehman relies on oats and other small grains to cut down on pesticides, chemical fertilizers and reduce weeds. (PracticalFarmers.org)

POLK CITY, Iowa - Because pests like fields where the same thing grows year after year, growing oats and other small grains while the main crop takes some time off can keep pests from coming back. The practice of small-grain crop rotation has been reintroduced by a few organic growers in Iowa, suc...Read More

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