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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 


    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

PHOTO: In cities across the state, cleanup days and events are on the calendars in the weeks ahead, helping residents properly dispose of items that can't be trashed. Photo credit: Loren Kerns

DES MOINES, Iowa - With more seasonable weather now settling in, folks across Iowa are being reminded that not everything can just go into the trash as they start to tackle projects around the house and the yard. Leslie Holsapple, Metro Waste Authority program coordinator, said that includes hazard

PHOTO: Some Iowa high school students are spending today learning about job opportunities in health care and the required education. The health care sector is expected to add more U.S. jobs than any other in the years ahead. Photo credit: DMACC

DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of nearly 200 high school students and their parents is attending Discover Healthcare Day today at Des Moines Area Community College, where according to Dean of Health and Public Services Sally Schroeder, each will get a taste of about half of the 19 programs offered in su

PHOTO: Appanoose Rapids Microbrewery and Loft Apartments in Ottumwa. Photo credit: Appanoose

OTTUMWA, Iowa - What was once a building considered for demolition in the town of Ottumwa is now being called a shining example of the positive community reinvestment that's happening across Iowa. The revitalization began with a restaurant and brew pub in 2009. The last phase was completed last year

PHOTO: Adam Reynolds works at the Science Center of Iowa and spends time volunteering and giving back to the community. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

DES MOINES, Iowa – They are friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and Iowans with developmental disabilities are being recognized for making a difference in communities across the state. Rik Shannon, policy manager of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says all of the efforts

PHOTO: Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2013 Tasha DeGroote plays basketball and competes in track and field events. She spent her year-long reign inspiring other people in wheelchairs to pursue sports. Photo credit: Judy Hoit

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The stage is now set as women from across the state gather in Iowa City on Saturday for the crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2014. State director Judy Hoit says the goal is to bring more visibility to those with disabilities and she explains that it's not a beauty pageant.

PHOTO: With the U.S. Tax Code of more than 70,000 pages and growing every year, the AARP Foundation is again offering its Tax-Aide program at more than 60 sites across Iowa. Photo Credit: Philip Taylor

DES MOINES, Iowa - For those already starting to feel the stress of tax time, free help now is being offered at dozens of locations across Iowa, focused on low-income and older residents. The assistance is provided by the AARP Foundation through more than 250 expert volunteers, according to Elmer Ne

PHOTO: Long after the record flooding of 2008 and more in years to follow, communities in Iowa continue to work on creating riverbank redevelopment that's more resilient and sustainable. Photo couresty: Coast Guard News

IOWA CITY, Iowa - It may seem far off with the cold temperatures of today, but spring eventually will arrive, and along with it the threat of rising rivers. Record flooding across the state over the past five years has led to many changes along communities' waterways, including in Iowa City, where K

PHOTO: The number of foster youths in Iowa has been declining for the past several years, but one critical area of concern remains to be the difficulty in finding forever homes for older children. CREDIT: Tony Alter

DES MOINES, Iowa - As 2013 comes to a close, there is good news on foster care in Iowa, although there's still much work to do, especially when it comes to older children. According to Carol Behrer, who is the executive director of the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa, the number of youths in foster c

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