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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Iowa

PHOTO: Opponents of the proposed Bakken oil pipeline that would cross 18 counties through Iowa will meet tonight at the American Legion in Newton. They say the pipeline would put the state's soil, waterways and communities at risk. Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the stat...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Good news for the thousands of Iowans who rely on tax credits to help pay for their health-care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of the subsidies with a 6-3 decision in the landmark case of King vs. Burwell. Photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Saying that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health-insurance markets, not destroy them, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies available to those in Iowa and across the nation for plans available through the federal marketplaces. Among those applauding...Read More

Public News Service - IA

ILLUSTRATION: Over 50 percent of working Americans have some type of retirement plan through their employers, but many of them might need help navigating the rules. Many also want to know if they can retire early. The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project is helping Iowans with questions. Photo credit:

DES MOINES, Iowa – More than 50 percent of working Americans have some kind of retirement plan through their employer, whether a 401k or another type, that will help them pay for their later years. But many people don't completely understand how their plan and any associated benefits work. ...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: About a dozen U.S. cities, water quality organizations and conservation groups have joined forces to challenge part of the new federal Transportation Department safety rules for oil shipments by rail. Photo credit: Kirby Urner/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A legal challenge has been mounted against the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming proposed new agency rules don't do enough to protect Iowans and others across the country who live along oil train routes. The environmental lawfirm Earthjustice is representing the g...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: As the state continues to deal with the widespread outbreak of avian influenza, an expert on the issue says it was just a matter of time that the disease would spread. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The outbreak of avian influenza that has decimated hundreds of turkey and chicken operations in Iowa and more than a dozen other states was a surprise to many, but one expert says that it was destined to happen. Rob Wallace has worked with the United Nations and the Center...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: While the annual break from school does mean more Iowa kids struggling with hunger, there has been a marked increase in those being served by Summer Nutrition Programs. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - More children in Iowa and around the nation are benefiting from the Agriculture Department's Summer Nutrition Program, and that's expected to be the case again this summer. According to the latest report from the Food Research and Action Center, about 20,000 children in Iowa were...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: More than one in five Iowans will be age 65 or older within the next decade, but retirement these days isn't what it used to be as more seniors are finding new purpose and meaning in their later years. Photo credit: tiarescott/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the state continues to grow older, an increasing number of Iowans are realizing there's much more life to live after navigating adulthood and the traditional career path. More than 15 percent of Iowa's population is already age 65 or older, and within the next decade it...Read More

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GRAPHIC: It may seem like a good idea, but Iowans are being reminded that when putting out their recyclables, items must be loose, not contained in a plastic bag. This is because bagged items are pulled from the line at sorting facilities and instead of being recycled, they end up at the landfill. Graphic courtesy Metro Waste Authority.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Efforts to increase the amount of material that is recycled in Iowa are finding success. But one common mistake is leading to a significant number of plastic bottles, cans and newspapers ending up at the landfill. Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for the Metro...Read More

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