PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

A regional blood center official says donating a single pint of blood can save the lives of as many as three hospital patients. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – The weather and widespread flu outbreaks have created a shortage of blood supplies in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. LifeServe, a non-profit community blood center that serves the region, says December and January are typically the worst months for blood donations. But

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

More than 30,000 Texans have sought refuge in shelters like this one. (Red Cross)

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the most common questions asked amid natural disasters like Houston's Hurricane Harvey is, "How can we help?" Mark Tauscheck, a communications officer for the Red Cross in Iowa, says that question could be the tagline for his organization, which trains hundreds of p

Grain prices are low and production costs are high, but Iowa farmers are still focused on land stewardship. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- These are challenging times for Iowa farmers, battling a global grain glut and high production costs, but that isn't stopping them from embracing a long-term conservation initiative. A record number of farmers have signed up for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, by planting co

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

Market Innovation director for AARP Jeffrey Makowka says it's important that older adults are able to live life on their own terms. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Growing older does not hold the same connotations as it once did, and some Iowans are using their ingenuity to challenge perceptions of aging. On Thursday, finalists in the Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge will present their ideas for a product or service that ca

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