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PNS Weekend Update - March 8, 20140
Among the stories on our weekend rundown: a look at whether raising the minimum wage can help some folks to be better parents: we hear from high school students as to how they would allocate federal dollars while others take an active role in the school lunch menu; and mixed reviews for efforts to save the gray wolf.
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:
DES MOINES, Iowa - This week is National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, set side to say "thanks" to those who provide services to people with disabilities around the country and in Iowa. Rik Shannon with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says these direct-support professio
Lyon, NE - When it comes to eating right and exercise, a new study shows rural Iowans can reverse their unhealthy habits, and save on health care costs at the same time. Studies have shown that rural Iowans, when compared to those living in metropolitan areas, often have a lifestyle that includes po
DES MOINES, Iowa - The second week in August is "National Health Center Week," recognizing the contributions of community health centers. Iowa has 13 such centers, that provided affordable health care to more than 140,000 in the last year. Tori Squires, senior program director for the Iowa/Nebraska
MINNEAPOLIS - One of the basics of a working democracy is citizen participation, but lately the art of civics has been on the decline in many places across the country, as more citizens opt not to take part in any civic activity. To try to reverse that trend, the National Civic Summit is being held
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