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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

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. (daughtersandsonstowork.org)

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

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

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