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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Iowa

PHOTO: The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows those with disabilities to establish a savings account of up to $100,000 for related expenses, without putting their benefits in jeopardy. Photo credit: Erin Sparling/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A common barrier to financial stability for individuals with disabilities is on its way out with Congressional approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience or the ABLE Act. Rik Shannon, public policy manager with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says the legisla...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: While many holiday movies portray fun and meaningful family gatherings, that just isn't the reality for everyone. Photo credit: Dagny Mol/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feeling...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: President Barack Obama is being pushed to keep a campaign promise he made in Iowa in 2007 to limit farm payments. To date, it remains unfulfilled. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the political focus of the country slowly begins to shift toward the presidential election of 2016, some in Iowa are calling on President Barack Obama to keep a promise he made when first campaigning in the state seven years ago. At the time, Obama's platform included a...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Toy guns are most often cited when it comes to toys and childhood eye injuries in the United States. Photo credit: au_tiger01/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As parents across Iowa pack the stores and malls again this weekend, they're being reminded that some gifts that may bring joy also could bring pain. Each year in the United States, thousands of accidents each year involving children and toys result in eye injuries and even blind...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) makes grants and loan guarantees for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The reasons behind Iowa's rise to become one the top states for renewable energy are many, but one component that's played a leading role is the Rural Energy for America Program. REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to impl...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: There are about 500,000 family caregivers in the state, many of whom could use a helping hand this time of year. Photo credit: AARP.

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the hundreds of thousands of unpaid family caregivers across the state, the best gift this holiday season may not come wrapped in a bow. Many caregivers already may be overwhelmed with their daily responsibilities on top of helping keep loved ones at home and independe...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: oatsy40/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for Metro Waste Authority, says the best way to cut down on the ga...Read More

Public News Service - IA

PHOTO: Jan. 1 is the start date for applying for college loans and grants based on the Free Federal Application for Student Aid for 2015. Photo credit: Mera M./morguefile.

DES MOINES, Iowa - An important window soon will open for Iowa college-bound students who need help paying for tuition. The Free Federal Application for Student Financial Aid determines how much financial aid schools can award based on a family's financial situation. The application can be filed st...Read More

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