PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - IA: Children's Issues

A new study shows children think scientists are both men and women until they start first grade, and begin to associate science with males. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Think of a scientist: if you were asked to draw that scientist in the 1960s, you almost certainly drew a male - but a new study shows today's children depict female scientists more often than ever before. In 1966, women earned about 20 percent of chemistry bachelor degrees

Around 48,000 Iowans are living with developmental disabilities. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 50 million Americans are living with developmental disabilities, but many are also highly functioning individuals actively participating in their communities. Lane Till, a spokeswoman for the Iowans With Disabilities and Action Project, said this year's campaign

Iowa's small towns have fewer children as the U.S. population continues to gray. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – A study to determine why some small towns in Iowa wither and others thrive is under way at Iowa State University. For more than 30 years, most small Midwest communities have experienced shrinking populations, an exodus of younger people, job losses and fewer community serv

Core benefits of hawk-i include checkups, immunizations, dental care and eyeglasses. (Semevent/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A federal program that funds health coverage for more than 83,000 Iowa children will run out of money at the end of the month, but there's reason to be hopeful. Earlier this week, the Senate Finance Committee reached agreement on a plan to protect the Children's Health Insur

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

Many Iowa parents support daily physical education as part of their child's school curriculum. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa schools are being encouraged to help students exercise their minds. State education leaders are creating an accountability plan to meet provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new federal education law. And health-related groups, including the American Heart

States pay on average about $90,000 a year for every youth in a juvenile facility. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Iowa and other states. The research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation pulls together evidence of the failings of youth correctional facilities and reco

Experts say when kids know where their food comes from, they are more likely to become better educated as consumers. (CFRA)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers are in the midst of harvest season, but many are pausing to share the fruits of their labor with local kids. October is Farm to School Month, and activities and events around the state are educating students about eating healthy foods. Ellen Walsh Rosemann, who owns

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