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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - IA: Civic Engagement

A new report says making civics education a much higher priority might be key to stabilizing an increasingly divided nation. (Trenna Sonnenschein/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Americans increasingly are losing faith not only in government but in their fellow man's ability to make good political decisions, according to new research that says it poses a major risk to Iowa and the republic at large and recommends more civic education for the next generatio

DES MOINES, Iowa – Born a slave and then orphaned, George Washington Carver faced continual rejection until he found a welcoming home in Iowa, where he earned a college degree and began his groundbreaking work as an inventor and botanist. Des Moines Area Community College is paying tribute to

A new Iowa law expands the state’s stand-your-ground provision, but people who have to enforce it say it's too vague. (Jabba/Pixabay)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Iowans no longer have to retreat in a public place before using deadly force - that's the result of a new gun law that took effect in the state this month. But it's creating an abundance of concern and confusion. Sheriff Dave Drew of Woodbury County says he'll continue to

CCI Action convention organizers say there are only so many venues in Des Moines that are big enough to host these kinds of events. (Tony Walker/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In what's being called an "interesting" occurrence, the Iowa Events Center plays host this Saturday to two groups with widely divergent political perspectives. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, will address the annual Iowa Cit

About 50,000 Iowans are not allowed to cast a ballot due to a felony offense. (Pixabay)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nearly a year after a legal defeat, voting-rights advocates are continuing their fight to end Iowa's lifetime voting ban for felons. In Iowa, along with Kentucky and Florida, people with felony convictions are constitutionally prohibited from voting, but can appeal to the

Daren Schumaker and Dennis Lee of Cedar Rapids have spent eight years running marathons in each of Iowa's counties. (Team 99 Counties)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two men, more than 2,700 miles and thousands of dollars for heart health – this week Daren Schumaker and Dennis Lee of Cedar Rapids will complete the journey of a lifetime. The men will cross their final finish line in Delaware County as they conclude an 8-year quest

The 25th Amendment provides guidance for what to do should a U.S. president become incapacitated. <br />(Karen Neoh/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – While Presidents Day protest rallies Monday may focus on impeaching President Donald Trump, at least one Iowa expert says it would be a long shot. Some opponents of the president have suggested invoking the 25th Amendment, which outlines the procedures to be followed when

Iowa poultry farmers will have greater protections for dealing with processors under new USDA rules. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans are being encouraged to add their two-cents on new regulations aimed at expanding protections for chicken and livestock producers as they deal with processors. The USDA's has called the regulations the "Farmer Fair Practice Rules," and Anna Johnson, policy associate with

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