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PHOTO: Supporters of limits on carbon pollution say Iowans with asthma will be among those reaping health benefits. Detractors say the new regulations will slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo credit: Jenn Durfey / Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking public comments on new rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. While critics say the limits will have a negative economic impact, supporters say a healthy environment actually makes f...Read More

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PHOTO: An AARP study says 90 percent of the 45+ population would like to stay in their community and near family and friends as they age. Making it convenient to walk instead of drive is one way to help. Photo credit: AnneCN/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's said to be a key factor in creating healthier and more livable communities, and the walkability of Iowa towns and cities is taking center stage this week. Residents, elected officials and municipal leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines to learn how ...Read More

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PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options, but not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more food choices labeled as "gluten-free" show up on store shelves across the state, consumers are being warned that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, said she welcomes more option...Read More

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PHOTO: With the growing cost of child care, efforts are underway in Congress to provide more financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck / Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the cost of child care continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses, and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in both the U.S. ...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Homegrown By Heroes initiative allows all American farmers and ranchers who have or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military the ability to use the logo on their agricultural products. Photo credit: USDA photo by Tom Witham.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A big weekend is approaching for military veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battlefields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with inf...Read More

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PHOTO: Those opposed to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) protested during negotiations in March in Brussels, where the latest round of talks is underway this week. Photo credit: Greens / European Free Alliance / Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the latest round of talks on a proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union underway in Belgium, concerns are being raised here at home. The aim of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or T-TIP, is to remove trade barriers and make it easie...Read More

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PHOTO: Iowa is seeing an increase in children using federal summer meal programs, but there are still tens of thousands in the state where a vacation from class also means times of going hungry. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

DES MOINES, Iowa – For thousands of low-income families in Iowa, summer vacation is a time of increased hunger, as children don't have school meals to rely on. But progress is being made to close that gap. A new study from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows the number of child...Read More

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