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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - IA: Disabilities

The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968. (Quinn Kampschroer/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In Iowa and across the nation, Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated with events commemorating the contributions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. But there's als

Among the topics being discussed at the conference will be alternatives to public transportation and how to find a transportation advocate. (Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

MORAVIA, Iowa – Iowans with a passion for the rights of those with developmental disabilities are gathered in Moravia to discuss topics including new state policies impacting their lives, money management and coping with the challenges inherent with intellectual and physical disabilities. Ri

Early intervention is important to help Iowans with autism address language deficits, social delays, sensory sensitivities and other challenges. (davitydave/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans and their loved ones who are impacted by an autism-spectrum disorder have something to celebrate, and just in time for Autism Awareness Month in April. On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will expand access to a valuable treatment for people with autism

Iowans with and without developmental disabilities are encouraged to share their experiences living together in the community. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, Iowans impacted by a developmental disability are encouraged to speak up about the challenges they face. Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says more than 47,000 pe

In 2014, more than 48,000 Iowans from ages 18 to 64 with a disability were employed full-time. (Flazingo Photos/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa shines as a state making strides in helping people with disabilities find work. According to the latest federal data, Iowa ranks third among states in terms of the best places for people with disabilities to get jobs, up from seventh place in recent years. However, Becky Har

Iowans with autism and potential employers are meeting up in West Des Moines today. (AutismIA.com)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - About 8,000 Iowans have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their advocates say it's hard to pin down exactly how many are available for jobs, because once they leave school, they're no longer tracked by the state, although it's estimated to b

Iowans with disabilities are being encouraged to register to vote this week, during National Disability Voter Registration Week. (IDaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - To improve voter turnout among people with disabilities, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says people should get registered now, during National Disability Voter Registration Week. The voter turnout rate in the 2012 presidential election was more than 6 percent lower a

Special Olympics Iowa athletes, volunteers, coaches and spectators have converged on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. (SpecialOlympicsIowa.org)

AMES, Iowa - More than 2,600 athletes - plus their friends, families and thousands of spectators - are converging in Ames this weekend for the Special Olympics' Iowa Summer Games. The opening-ceremony crowd Thursday night filled Hilton Coliseum. While the competitions are a main focus of the weeken

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