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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

Public News Service - IA

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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PHOTO: As the flood of children attempting to cross into the United States from Central America continues, an Iowa woman offers her story in the hopes of increasing understanding about the situation. Photo courtesy of Toksave / Wikimedia Commons.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mass migration of Central American children has made headlines, sparked debate, and ignited a political firestorm in recent weeks, but one Iowa woman hopes her experience can shed some light upon why this is happening, and what can be done to help. Kenia Calderon made the jou...Read More

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PHOTO: It's the most common form of cancer in the country, but the risk of skin cancer can be greatly reduced with simple protections that include sunscreen. Photo credit: Robert Neff/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – From days at the beach to afternoons out biking and hiking, people across Iowa are eagerly soaking up the sunshine. But doctors warn that sun lovers need to take steps to protect themselves from the most common form of cancer. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang is a dermatologist who says ...Read More

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PHOTO: Nearly one-third of Iowa farmland is owned by people age 75 and older. A new play, "Map of My Kingdom," aims to spark discussion about transitioning the land and heritage to a new generation. Photo credit: Renee McGurk/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The historic transition of Iowa farmland to a new generation is one of the greatest challenges facing the state, and a theater production that premieres this weekend aims to spark discussion about it. The play, called "Map of My Kingdom," shares stories of how farmers and landown...Read More

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