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PHOTO: Iowa has earned a grade of "B" in this year's report card on premature births from the March of Dimes. Photo credit: Cesar Rincon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Progress is being made in reducing the number of preterm births in Iowa, as the state earned a grade of "B" in this year's report card from the March of Dimes. The report shows the national preterm birth rate is now at 11.4 percent. In Iowa, it's a little lower at 11.1 percent, al...Read More

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PHOTO: A plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants is finding growing support among farmers and families in Iowa, where not combating climate change could mean more weather extremes and lower yields. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

HARLAN, Iowa - As a major proposal to cut carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants is considered in Washington D.C., people from all walks of life are calling for approval, including a mom and farmer from Iowa. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and her family grow corn, beans and more on their sp...Read More

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PHOTO: Residents of Iowa recycle more than a million tons of material a year. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This Saturday, November 15, marks America Recycles Day, and Iowans are being reminded of the positive impacts recycling has on their community and environment, and that more material than ever doesn't need to go into a landfill. When recycling programs first began in Iowa, only...Read More

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PHOTO: Who will make financial decisions for you if you're unable to make them yourself? A new campaign kicks off statewide today, educating Iowans about a new Uniform of Power of Attorney Act to help prevent financial exploitation of seniors. Photo credit: Wayne MacPhail/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As Iowa's population continues to age, also growing is the number of elders being exploited financially, although new protections are in place aim to reverse that trend. The Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act officially took effect this summer and today marks the start of a state...Read More

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PHOTO: A brighter future for more than 100,000 Iowa children living in poverty requires a focus on both the kids and their parents, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. Photo credit: David Amsler/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - After some improvements in the 1990s, the poverty rate for kids in Iowa has been on the rise over the last decade or so, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says a two-generation approach is the best strategy for strengthening those families. Michael Crawford, dir...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study on the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) shows it's even more significant in small towns and rural areas. Photo credit: Brood_Wich/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A new study shows a tax credit helping many low-income working families keep more of their earnings is proving to be especially important in rural areas and small towns across Iowa and the country. Jon Bailey, rural public policy director at the Center for Rural Affairs, is the a...Read More

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PHOTO: As veterans across Iowa are being honored this week, those who work with vets say there are many who still are struggling with everything from mental health to housing. Photo credit: David Wilson/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Those who served our country will be honored at Veterans Day events across Iowa on Tuesday, but a look behind the scenes shows many returning vets struggle with a myriad of issues. Attorney Todd Schmidt is an advocate for veterans at Iowa Legal Aid, which provides free legal ad...Read More

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PHOTO: As the fun and sun of summer again become distant memories, a reminder for Iowans to get ready for the coming snow and cold on this Winter Weather Awareness Day. Photo credit: Jason Isbell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It won't be long before the snow and cold arrive for the season, and today is a day set aside for residents across Iowa to get ready. Today marks the state's annual Winter Weather Awareness Day. Meteorologist Roger Vachalek with the National Weather Service says the day ...Read More

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