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    PNS Daily News - May 2, 20160 

    Today’s news features stories from around the nation: May Day marches highlight worker and immigrant rights; a circus company packs it up for pachyderms; and a "Powerball Promise" to fund education appears to fall short in Kentucky.

Public News Service - Iowa

Cyclists celebrate Bike Month to promote fitness, safety and environmentally-friendly transportation. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people. Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. He says throughout the mon...Read More

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Hunter Erb was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was three days old. (Stephanie Erb)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Stephanie Erb of Boone has experienced trials no mother should have to face. Her son Hunter was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was just three days old. After several open-heart surgeries. doctors determined Hunter had a very rare disorder that narrows th...Read More

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The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is meant to show kids the value of an education and a balanced work and family life. (

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to insp...Read More

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Almost two-thirds of families with a parent in prison, such as the Anamosa State Penitentiary, can't pay for necessities for their kids. (Klepper66/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Eight percent of kids in Iowa, that's 58,000, have a parent behind bars, a number that has risen significantly in the last few decades. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the side effects of parents in prison are often poverty, homelessness and hunger. Michael ...Read More

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Flooding, such as that seen in Iowa in 2008, could be avoided in part through better topsoil management. (Newtben33/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The nutrient-rich topsoil that's taken away to level the land when homes and other new buildings are constructed doesn't often get replaced. While some cities and towns require that it's put back, many don't, and construction companies often sell off the soil. But Kari Carney,...Read More

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After today, Iowa state legislators' expenses are no longer covered by taxpayers. (Manop/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With major issues like water quality and Medicaid privatization still undecided, lawmakers may not wrap up their work in Des Moines today. It means they'll have to pay their own food, lodging and other expenses normally covered by a per diem of around $130. Steffen Schmidt, po...Read More

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A GPS-guided combine is one of the systems potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Scoty/Wikimedia Commons)

AMES, Iowa – Officials from the FBI and the Justice Department held a roundtable recently at Iowa State University, emphasizing the seriousness of cyber attacks for a surprising target – the agriculture industry. It's a subject familiar to Larry Clinton, president of Internet Security ...Read More

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Health care gets 28 cents of every federal income tax dollar, while the Pentagon and military get 25 cents. (Dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowans will be spending the weekend crunching the numbers on their tax returns ahead of Monday's deadline. But do taxpayers realize exactly where their money goes? The National Priorities Project's annual breakdown of income tax spending by the federal government showed that...Read More

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