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    PNS Daily News - June 30, 20160 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; holiday travelers brace for stepped up security at airports; Vermont's new GMO law changes labels in California and around the nation; and Yellowstone Park Rangers have some long holiday weekend advice.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

The Altoona Campus Aquatic Park is one of several locations participating in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. (Iowa Department of Public Health)

ALTOONA, Iowa – Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four. To cap off Drowning Prevention Week, the Iowa Department of Public Health is offering the World's Largest Swimming Lesson today in Altoona, as part of a nationwide program. "They

More than a quarter of the state of Iowa is experiencing abnormal dryness, more than double the area earlier this month. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa - At the beginning of June, about 14 percent of the state of Iowa was experiencing abnormal dryness. The latest findings from the Drought Mitigation Center show that percentage has nearly doubled since then, with the southeast corner of the state being the driest. Dr. Deborah Ba

Farmer Aaron Lehman relies on oats and other small grains to cut down on pesticides, chemical fertilizers and reduce weeds. (PracticalFarmers.org)

POLK CITY, Iowa - Because pests like fields where the same thing grows year after year, growing oats and other small grains while the main crop takes some time off can keep pests from coming back. The practice of small-grain crop rotation has been reintroduced by a few organic growers in Iowa, suc

Report calls for updated local regulations for wind-energy development. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa already generating 31 percent of its power from wind, more per capita than any other state, a new report suggests regulations at the local level are needed to protect the interests of landowners and communities. While the clean, renewable energy and economic opportunit

More than a half-million acres of Iowa's Loess Hills Prairies have been preserved for 40 years. (Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy)

ONAWA, Iowa - While much of the prairie ecosystem in Iowa has been overtaken by development, agriculture or invasive species, hundreds of thousands of acres within the Loess Hills of Western Iowa have remained pristine. Species typical of the Western Great Plains including yucca, rare ferns, birds

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as

Nearly 180,000 kids in Iowa don't get the free summer meals that are being provided in many communities. (USDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren't getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200,000 kids in need of the meals, only about 2

Some Iowa disaster workers are among those now in Alberta to help with aid to wildfire evacuees. (RedCross.ca)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, has forced residents of the entire community out of their homes, leaving an urgent need for places to sleep, plus food, water and basic supplies. While the local Red Cross has been helping out, it also has flown in disaster workers from sout

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