PNS Daily News - October 28, 2016 

Here are the stories getting a closer look on today's rundown: armed occupiers of a wildlife refuge are found not guilty; teachers try to keep discussion of this year’s election civil; and groups fight for a name change at Yale University.

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Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

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. (

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. (

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

About 40 miles of streams have been formally adopted in Iowa, leaving hundreds of miles more in need of volunteers to help clean them up. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the Iowa Legislature unable to pass a clean water funding plan, everyday Iowans are still taking steps to improve the water supply. Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines is providing "adoption papers" so volunteer groups can take care of one or more local streams in need of

A bill using funds already in place says Iowa recovery efforts could be better coordinated after a natural disaster. (National Weather Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. But the goal of Senate Fil

Cyclists celebrate Bike Month to promote fitness, safety and environmentally-friendly transportation. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bicycles are a way to get around virtually pollution-free, to stay fit and simply have fun and meet new people. Carl Voss, who's been riding for more than 40 years, is the founder of the Des Moines Bike Collective, a nonprofit group promoting cycling. He says throughout the mon

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is meant to show kids the value of an education and a balanced work and family life. (

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to insp

After today, Iowa state legislators' expenses are no longer covered by taxpayers. (Manop/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With major issues like water quality and Medicaid privatization still undecided, lawmakers may not wrap up their work in Des Moines today. It means they'll have to pay their own food, lodging and other expenses normally covered by a per diem of around $130. Steffen Schmidt, po

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