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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - IA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Democrats on the losing side of the Agriculture Committee's vote to forward the 2018 Farm Bill to the full House say a provision to remove 2 million people from food stamps will never pass. (nrdc.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018 Farm Bill is now headed to the House floor in Washington after Wednesday's approval by the GOP-controlled House Agriculture Committee on a party-line vote. In addition to requiring new work and job requirements from those who receive food stamps, sustainable farmi

Soybean farmers lost an estimated $1.7 billion Wednesday as soybean futures tumbled with speculation of an impending trade war. (ilsoy.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are anxiously watching tit-for-tat tariff threats, as China has responded to import duties proposed by the Trump administration on aluminum and steel by going after products produced in states such as Iowa. China has floated tariffs on $50 billion of American go

Bills under consideration in the Iowa Legislature do not align with a 2014 survey that showed 97 percent of Iowans support increasing energy efficiency to meet the state's energy needs. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A state Senate bill under consideration would scale back energy efficiency programs offered by utility companies such as home energy audits, benefits for home lighting upgrades and the rebates Iowans receive to install smart thermostats or energy-saving appliances. Katie R

Every day, 317,000 Iowans provide care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones who need help. (khn.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa Senate committee hears a bill Wednesday that would ensure family caregivers have training to perform some types of medical needs when their loved ones are discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would all

An estimated 81 percent of Iowa families would face economic hardship if they needed to take time off work to care for a newborn, themselves or another family member. (ca.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa — On the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for a mandatory, national family-leave policy say eight in ten Iowa families face economic insecurity when they need time off work to care for themselves or a family member. Federal law requires that bu

Some Iowa farms and businesses are investing in solar installations as a way to cut costs. (Vivian Evans/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Just as Iowa's crops require sunshine to grow, clean energy advocates say so does the state's economy. Part of the solar production tax credit for large utility-scaled projects expired last year. And, given Iowa's $133 million budget shortfall, there are concerns that stat

Iowa's most recent (2016) draft list of impaired waters includes more than 600 bodies of water with a total of 818 problems with their quality or safety. (IDNR)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Long-term funding for water quality is expected to be one of the first priorities for Iowa legislators when they return to the State Capitol in January. Competing water quality bills in the House and Senate failed to pass both chambers this year, and Republican leaders say

Three Iowa lawmakers sit on the House and Senate agriculture committees that are writing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. (12019/Pixabay)

DECORAH, Iowa – Iowa plays a large role in the process of creating a farm bill and, with less than one year remaining before the current bill expires, work is underway to draft legislation that will support farmers in the state. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, as well as Rep. Steve King

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