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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is Sunday with a number of events planned across Iowa this weekend. Credit: Jason Doiy.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a major milestone as the landmark civil rights law that ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was spearheaded by former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and sign

PHOTO: More than one in five Iowans will be age 65 or older within the next decade, but retirement these days isn't what it used to be as more seniors are finding new purpose and meaning in their later years. Photo credit: tiarescott/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the state continues to grow older, an increasing number of Iowans are realizing there's much more life to live after navigating adulthood and the traditional career path. More than 15 percent of Iowa's population is already age 65 or older, and within the next decade it

PHOTO: People looking for a perfect place to call home need to look no farther than Iowa. Cedar Rapids (pictured above) and Marion have both made the top 10 in the Livability Index for cities their size. The index is from AARP and ranks communities based on categories such as housing, transportation, environment, health and opportunity. Photo credit: Stijn Debrouwere/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa communities are being called among the best in the nation for people being able to remain active and engaged, get where they want to go and live comfortably and in good health. The first-of-its-kind Livability Index from AARP has Cedar Rapids as the country's seventh be

PHOTO: The CARE Act would require Iowa hospitals to provide family caregivers with training to help them perform some medical tasks, and keep them informed about major medical decisions for their loved ones. Photo credit: Bradley Gordon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Family caregivers and their supporters from across Iowa are converging on the state Capitol today, releasing a new voter survey about the experiences around family caregiving. The group will urge lawmakers to make sure those who are taking care of family members are better prepare

PHOTO: There are about 500,000 family caregivers in the state, many of whom could use a helping hand this time of year. Photo credit: AARP.

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the hundreds of thousands of unpaid family caregivers across the state, the best gift this holiday season may not come wrapped in a bow. Many caregivers already may be overwhelmed with their daily responsibilities on top of helping keep loved ones at home and independe

PHOTO: Iowa motorists are being reminded of the dangers of drunk driving as the holiday travel season begins. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The holidays are a time of fun with family and friends across Iowa, but all too often those festivities turn tragic when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. Among those who have had their lives turned upside down by drunk driving is Arlene Victor, whose son and daughter-i

PHOTO: Residents of Iowa recycle more than a million tons of material a year. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This Saturday, November 15, marks America Recycles Day, and Iowans are being reminded of the positive impacts recycling has on their community and environment, and that more material than ever doesn't need to go into a landfill. When recycling programs first began in Iowa, only

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