PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2018. 

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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

Command Module Pilot of the 1972 Apollo 16 mission, Ken Mattingly, speaks at

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Famous trailblazers of space, sports, music, technology and the arts will be in Iowa this week to inspire folks from all walks to life to live up to their potential. The eighth annual Celebrate Innovation Week kicks off Monday at Des Moines Area Community College's West Des Moi

Elkader’s Whitewater Park and River Access was recognized as a Smart Growth Project in 2015.  (Elkader Whitewater Project)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Innovative ideas are spurring projects that advance sustainability in Iowa, and some of those efforts will soon receive special recognition. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa is taking nominations for its 15th Annual Best Development Awards. The awards showcase projects and progra

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

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

County fairs in Iowa attract 3.5 million visitors, who support young people in agriculture along with enjoying the rides, food and fun. (Cheryl Peters/Morguefile)

CRESCO, Iowa - More than half of the county fairs in Iowa take place during late July, 19 are underway this weekend alone. County fairs have been part of Iowa summers for generations, with 3.5 million attendees across the state supporting young people's involvement in agriculture along with enjoying

Applying compost to your lawn can help save on watering costs, help improve your soil and keep fertilizer out of the ground water supply.

DES MOINES, Iowa - What Iowa lawns and gardens need this spring to stay healthy all year is compost: So says Rhonda O'Connor with Metro Waste Authority. According to O'Connor, compost is perfect plant food for nearly everything that grows in Iowa, and in addition it can save up to 25 percent on th

PHOTO: Iowa Community Colleges are going to provide more classes in the areas where the state's employers say they need skills.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The job prospects for this year's graduating seniors from high school and college is somewhat better than last year, but employers continue to complain that those fresh out of school don't have the problem-solving skills they need. To try to improve that situation, the state's

DES MOINES, Iowa - Every spring, thousands of elementary schoolchildren take field trips to farms. Until a recent Iowa Supreme Court decision, most farmers believed they were protected from lawsuits brought by visitors to their property under a so-called "recreational use" statute. Now, many farm or

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