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PNS Daily News - August 25, 2016 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; a new national monument in New England and we’ll let you know why you can get in free to your local National Park this weekend; plus Virginia voters favor a state fund to bring grocers to underserved neighborhoods; and Michigan reaching out to veterans who are missing out on benefits.

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Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Social-service groups say evicting people from Des Moines' homeless camps simply moves the problem instead of solving it. (tom stovall/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A fight for the homeless is ramping up in Des Moines. Eviction notices with a deadline of August 29th went up at several locations where the city’s homeless often set up camp. Opponents of that strategy will gather outside City Council chambers on Monday afternoon to

Thirteen people have died in the Louisiana floods and an estimated 40,000 homes are damaged. Some Iowans are among the relief workers there. (Tink Tracy/Flickr)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Nearly a dozen Iowans are among the hundreds responding to the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Volunteers with the American Red Cross are working in emergency shelters, delivering food, water and relief supplies to the thousands who have been forced out of their homes or are

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

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

Thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities compete in more than 60 sports this weekend at the 30th Annual Iowa Games in Ames. (IowaGames.org)

AMES, Iowa – Iowans don't have to go to Rio to find athletes competing in dozens of different sports. An estimated 13,000 people will converge in Ames this weekend for the 30th annual Iowa Games. The events include archery, running, cycling, target shooting, even bowling and horseshoes. Chuck

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

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