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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

One of the major issues facing the Iowa Legislature again this session is funding for K-12 schools. (cynthia357/morguefile)

WATERLOO, Iowa - Last year's extended legislative session led to a bipartisan consensus to provide one-and-a-quarter percent more money for education, plus a one-time funding boost of nearly $56 million. But Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed the one-time spending, which caused local school districts to sla

The holidays generate 25 percent more waste than other times of the year, much of which can be recycled. (jackietrains/morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the most wonderful time of the year, but according to Trish Radke, program coordinator of the Metro Waste Authority, it's also the most wasteful. "We actually produce 25 percent more waste during the holidays than any other time of the year," she says. "Reducing your impact

The renovation of a downtown building in Slater won one of last year's awards for sustainability. (1,000 Friends of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Each year, the 1,000 Friends of Iowa's Best Development Awards bring attention to cities, companies, and individuals who show how responsible development and planning benefits Iowa's communities and the environment. The group is now on the lookout for its next winners for good s

National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is Sunday with a number of events planned across Iowa this weekend. Credit: Jason Doiy.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a major milestone as the landmark civil rights law that ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was spearheaded by former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and sign

PHOTO: More than one in five Iowans will be age 65 or older within the next decade, but retirement these days isn't what it used to be as more seniors are finding new purpose and meaning in their later years. Photo credit: tiarescott/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the state continues to grow older, an increasing number of Iowans are realizing there's much more life to live after navigating adulthood and the traditional career path. More than 15 percent of Iowa's population is already age 65 or older, and within the next decade it

PHOTO: People looking for a perfect place to call home need to look no farther than Iowa. Cedar Rapids (pictured above) and Marion have both made the top 10 in the Livability Index for cities their size. The index is from AARP and ranks communities based on categories such as housing, transportation, environment, health and opportunity. Photo credit: Stijn Debrouwere/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa communities are being called among the best in the nation for people being able to remain active and engaged, get where they want to go and live comfortably and in good health. The first-of-its-kind Livability Index from AARP has Cedar Rapids as the country's seventh be

PHOTO: The CARE Act would require Iowa hospitals to provide family caregivers with training to help them perform some medical tasks, and keep them informed about major medical decisions for their loved ones. Photo credit: Bradley Gordon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Family caregivers and their supporters from across Iowa are converging on the state Capitol today, releasing a new voter survey about the experiences around family caregiving. The group will urge lawmakers to make sure those who are taking care of family members are better prepare

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