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PNS Weekend Update - December 7, 20130
Reports from coast to coast on our weekend rundown including: much of the nation trying to shake off a deadly winter storm; budget forecasts show a surplus in Minnesota, while states like Pennsylvania prepare for reduction in unemployment benefits; and time is running short to get toys to needy children out West.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans have had 365 days of smoke-free air to breathe, thanks to the "Smoke Free Air Act" that went into effect one year ago today. Peggy Hubbert, with the American Cancer Society's Iowa chapter, says getting the ban passed was a real challenge but, in her view, well worth the eff
Des Moines, IA – As the Baby Boomers age, more nurses will be retiring. At the same time, more Iowans will need health care services provided by nurses. The coming nursing shortage has alarmed a coalition of health, labor and government groups, and they are banding together to find a solution.
Mason City, IA – There was a capacity crowd in Mason City Thursday to urge Senator Charles Grassley to get moving on health care reform in Congress. Grassley, who took part in a National Forum on Health Care Reform, is one of the Senators who will have a high profile in determining whether A
Des Moines, IA – Some Iowa families may not spend as much time as usual in the produce aisle at the supermarket this summer. They have planted "recession gardens" to save money on their food budget. A report by the National Gardening Association predicts a 19-percent increase in home gardening
Des Moines, IA – As Congress prepares to debate healthcare reform, the Iowa-based Center for Rural Affairs has produced what it calls a "Top Ten" list of why changes to the healthcare system are critically needed in rural Iowa. The Center's input comes as the Obama administration conducts a se
Des Moines, IA – Iowans will have an opportunity tonight to learn more from top experts about climate change and the impact it's having on the state when the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council convenes for a public briefing and discussion. Council chair Jerry Schnoor, who is also co-direct
Tama, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources today begins a month-long public comment period on a proposed 649 megawatt coal plant that Alliant Energy has proposed near Marshalltown. Among the groups opposing the new electric generation facility is Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, whose
Marshalltown, IA – In a tough economy, people looking for new careers may be considering farming. Linda Barnes, farmer and coordinator of the Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture program at Marshalltown Community College says agriculture may be the future. While other parts of the econ