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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20160 


    Turkish officials say the suicide bombers who hit the Istanbul airport were Islamic State terrorists of Russian descent, the Pentagon drops its ban on transgendered people in the military, and if you’re planning to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, we have some tips on how to stay safe.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

A computer lab at ICIW's Mitchellville facility is named after DMACC Emeritus Admininstrator Mary Chapman (left). (DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The women incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women have a new resource to help better themselves once they're outside the prison walls. A new computer lab at the Mitchellville facility gives an opportunity for women to learn technical skills they need for cla

A new poll shows a majority of Iowans favor issuing driver's licenses to individuals, regardless of their immigration status. (Iowa Department of Transportation)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A number of groups, and some Iowa law enforcement officials back legislation authorizing the Iowa Department of Transportation to issue two-year, temporary visitor driver's licenses to individuals in the state, regardless of their immigration status. A poll commissioned by the A

Farmers will gather in six meetings around the state this month to help share solutions to common problems and develop long-term policy. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa - In order to build strong rural communities and farm families, Iowa farmers need to work together to solve common issues of interest. A series of six roundtable discussions and conversations in March is designed to help them do just that. Stephanie Enloe, Rural Policy Program Ass

Last year, in Iowa alone, the Red Cross trained 63,000 people in life-saving skills. (American Red Cross)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans are familiar with chapters of the American Red Cross in the state responding to calls for help in their communities, whether it's because of a natural disaster such as a tornado or a house fire that affects a single family. But they might not realize they've been doing it f

The Iowa Legislature again is discussing banning use of indoor tanning beds by minors. (jdurham/morguefile)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Iowa Senate passed legislation last year that would ban anyone 18 years of age and younger from going to a tanning salon and using an indoor tanning bed. The bill stalled in the House, with some lawmakers saying parental choice should be respected. A similar bill was intro

LifeServe Blood Center is requiring donors to defer blood donation for 28 days after returning from countries that have experienced cases of Zika virus. (facebook.com/pages/LifeServe-Blood-Center)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman who traveled to Central America is Iowa's first confirmed victim of Zika virus, one of 82 reported nationwide. The disease, which is transmitted through contact with mosquitoes, has no known treatment. LifeServe Blood Center is now prohibiting donors from giving blood

While many Iowans support expanding sale and use of fireworks in the state, one veterans group opposes the move. (morguefile.com/duboix)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Senate File 508 would allow Iowa residents to possess and use fireworks, such as firecrackers and Roman candles. Currently, only novelty items such as sparklers are legal in the state. The bill passed a Senate committee last week, but one group says the effort poses a threat to

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