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    PNS Daily News - August 28, 20150 


    Today’s rundown highlights issues from around the nation including: a new clean water rule blocked; with tax dollars up in flames the feds look to limit gas flaring; a decision could open the door to fast-food unions; and groups are fired up over Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Public News Service - Iowa

Iowa schools are not making the grade when it comes to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for those children with asthma or allergies. Photo credit: PixHouse.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As students across Iowa try to make the grade upon their return to class, new research shows schools in the state are falling short of the honor roll when it comes to protecting children with asthma or allergies. A study from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America fi...Read More

Public News Service - IA

Technology experts say social media companies are constantly pushing the boundary of privacy vs. marketing as they explore new channels to make money. Credit: Marco Maru/Morguefile.

DES MOINES - Social media users in Iowa soon could qualify for a loan based on the personal credit scores of their friends. Facebook recently announced a patent that allows lenders to make loans based on a borrower's social-media connections. Neil Kokemuller, a digital-marketing professor at Des Mo...Read More

Public News Service - IA

Farm to School programs get more local and healthy foods on the trays of students, while providing more markets for the state's farmers. Credit: Steve Debenport.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Class will soon be back in session for children across Iowa and an ever growing number of students will find local foods being served in school cafeterias. Tammy Stotts is the Farm to School coordinator for the state for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

S new poll shows strong support remains for Social Security among people of all ages and political affiliations. Credit: zimmytws.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Today marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, and a new report finds strong support for the program among people of all ages and from all walks of life. The survey from AARP showed that across generations and political affiliations, Social Security is considered one of the...Read More

Public News Service - IA

The American Lung Association says reducing pollution from coal power plants will mean an improvement in public health. Credit: helt2.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Clean Power Plan recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency aims to curb climate change pollution from older coal-power plants, but it will also help protect public health, according to the American Lung Association. Assistant Vice President for National Polic...Read More

Public News Service - IA

Research shows a small percentage of the population is impacted by summertime Seasonal Affective Disorder. Credit: Martin Dimitrov.

DES MOINES, Iowa – While much is made of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and its impact on people over the state's long winters, a number of people also experience the problem in the summer. Experts say the long days of heat and humidity can trigger the condition in someone prone to the di...Read More

Public News Service - IA

According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process of permitting new wind energy projects could be streamlined with a single source of approval. 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

A pair of reports suggest that the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will mean lower electricity bills for Iowa families. 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

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