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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

PHOTO: Food donations.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The summer months are typically a time of drought – not just for the land, but for food banks in Iowa. Food donations seem to dry up just as the demand increases, when kids are out of school and no longer receiving free or reduced-price lunches or breakfasts. The Food

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 7,000 bargain-hunters are expected for the semiannual Planned Parenthood of the Heartland book sale, which continues through Monday at the Iowa state fairgrounds. The biggest fundraiser for the area Planned Parenthood organization also is one of the nation's biggest boo

DES MOINES, Iowa - Thousands of books, DVDs, and other items go up for sale this week in Des Moines as part of the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, regularly one of the biggest events of its kind. Michele Guinn, co-chair of the event, says the fundraiser brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for

DES MOINES, Iowa - Earth Day is this Friday and, as every year, there are various campaigns to clean up the environment. This year, the "Trash Bash" is one such event, where people can collect litter in their neighborhoods, and even meet their neighbors and have fun doing it. Metro Waste Authority i

DES MOINES, Iowa - Beginning September 28, the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force hosts a series of public meetings statewide to get input on its draft recommendations to help communities better prepare for future disasters, and improve the quality of life and economic opportunities in Iowa. Aaron Tod

DES MOINES, Iowa – There's a treasure hunt underway in Des Moines for book fans, and one of the best finds may have already been discovered. Every year, thousands of books are donated for the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland book sale. Most are worth no more than a few dollars, but this yea

DES MOINES, Iowa - Fifty years ago, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland began selling used books as a fundraiser. The annual book sale now draws thousands of people to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. To help raise money this year, a performance by Emmy award-winning musician, composer, philanthropist

DES MOINES, Iowa - A new study backs up what homeless shelters statewide have been reporting; a big jump in homelessness in the last year. The report, produced by the Iowa Institute for Community Alliances, finds there were over 23,000 homeless people in the state and over 15,000 classified as at-ri

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