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    PNS Daily News - November 26, 20150 

    Our Thanksgiving Day news features topics from around the globe including: the president tries to ease concerns of a holiday threat; there’s a reason to be especially thankful for the turkey on the table today; and the world set to make another record for the hottest year.

Public News Service - Iowa

Despite losing more than 9 percent of the state's annual turkey population to avian flu this year, Iowans will find an abundant supply for holiday dinners. Courtesy: National Turkey Federation

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 1 million turkeys in Iowa didn't make it onto Thanksgiving dinner tables this year. They had to be destroyed because of an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year. Gretta Irwin, who heads the Iowa Turkey Federation, said there is still an ample supply of turkeys for ...Read More

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Iowa soybean farmers could benefit from a new USDA Food for Progress agreement with the west African nation of Ghana. Courtesy: Iowa Soybean Association

DES MOINES, Iowa - Farmers from Iowa and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to help ...Read More

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Matt Brem is a fifth-grade teacher at Pierce Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. Courtesy: Iowa State Education Association

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This is American Education Week, to honor all the people it takes to provide a quality education to students. Iowa State Education Association president Tammy Wawro of Cedar Rapids said it's important to recognize the critical role of schools in society. "I think it's just a w...Read More

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National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit...Read More

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Jeremy Rosen, who heads the ACLU of Iowa, disagrees with Gov. Terry Branstad's decision to bar Syrian refugees from coming to the state. Courtesy: ACLU of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - This week, Iowa has become the 17th state to halt integration of Syrian refugees, following an order by Gov. Terry Branstad. Jeremy Rosen, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says he was extremely disappointed by the governor's decision. "We believe...Read More

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Des Moines saw a multimillion-dollar impact from Saturday's Democratic candidates' debate. Courtesy: Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau

DES MOINES, Iowa - Having a national event such as a presidential debate brings positive attention, both to Iowa's cities and rural areas, according to the head of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Well, it has huge impact," said Greg Edwards, president and chief executive of ...Read More

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A donation from employees of an Iowa electric-transmission company will provide some new wheelchairs for the Paralyzed Veterans of America's Iowa chapter. Courtesy: Paralyzed Veterans of America

DES MOINES, Iowa - Fundraising by employees at an electric transmission company that operates in Iowa has helped provide wheelchairs to Iowa veterans. ITC Holdings' chief executive Joe Welch said his employees raised more than $108,000 to purchase nine motorized wheelchairs for veterans with disabi...Read More

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Iowa National Guard Col. Gregory Hapgood, right, presents a plaque to Harold Cline of Marshalltown for participating in this month's Veterans History Project. Credit: Lauren Jensen

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some central Iowa veterans have shared their stories in time for Veterans Day. The Veterans History Project was established by the Library of Congress to collect the stories of American war veterans by recording and transcribing interviews with them. Harold Cline, a World War II ...Read More

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