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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 


    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

DES MOINES, Iowa - Before state lawmakers adjourned last year, they formed the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force, a group that will report back to the Legislature by November on the best way to rebuild Iowa towns damaged by the 2008 floods. Susan Judkins-Johnson with Rebuild Iowa says the task force is

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