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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

DES MOINES, Iowa - "Get Yourself Talking and Get Yourself Tested" is the message in a campaign inspired by MTV and endorsed by a variety of local organizations, including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, to encourage teenagers to be tested yearly for sexually transmitted diseases. According to t

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's not as bad as in Los Angeles, but Iowa does have some air quality issues. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have declared this to be "Air Quality Awareness Week." The goal is to educate people about where the ai

DES MOINES, Iowa - A real toxic mess may be brewing right under your sink, but there are resources in Iowa to help you safely clean up. What's called "household hazardous waste" has become a huge problem for the environment if not disposed of properly, according to Amy Hock, a spokesperson for Metro

DES MOINES, Iowa - Flood warnings have been issued across Iowa this week by the National Weather Service. While conditions are not expected to be as severe as the floods of 2008, the lessons learned from that time are up for discussion. The conversation began at a Tuesday night symposium in Des Moi

DES MOINES, Iowa - Two years ago, the legislature ordered a study of public transit in Iowa, with the focus on the needs of seniors and how the system could achieve energy independence. That report is now in the hands of state lawmakers. Michelle McEnany, director of the Department of Transportati

DES MOINES, Iowa - and the expectation is that the state budget shortfall for fiscal 2011 will be one billion dollars. The Governor's across-the-board ten percent cut in state spending should be only one part of the solution according to Victor Elias with the Iowa Fiscal Partnership. How to deal wi

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The harvest season is underway in some communities around Iowa where public spaces like parks and street easements have been put to work as gardens. Darrin Nordahl, a city designer in Davenport, thinks there should be more of that, and he has written a book called "Public Produce:

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