PNS Daily News - October 25, 2016 

Here’s what’s happening in today’s rundown: the presidential election camps ramp up their legal teams; an anti-immigrant bill draws opposition from faith leaders; and a report shows demand for organic foods is outpacing what’s on grocers’ shelves.

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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

LifeServe Blood Center is requiring donors to defer blood donation for 28 days after returning from countries that have experienced cases of Zika virus. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman who traveled to Central America is Iowa's first confirmed victim of Zika virus, one of 82 reported nationwide. The disease, which is transmitted through contact with mosquitoes, has no known treatment. LifeServe Blood Center is now prohibiting donors from giving blood

While many Iowans support expanding sale and use of fireworks in the state, one veterans group opposes the move. (

FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Senate File 508 would allow Iowa residents to possess and use fireworks, such as firecrackers and Roman candles. Currently, only novelty items such as sparklers are legal in the state. The bill passed a Senate committee last week, but one group says the effort poses a threat to

The road to the White House runs through Iowa, with celebrities turning out to support their favorite candidates. (

AMES, Iowa - We've seen pop singers, movie stars, athletes, and well-known politicians join the presidential candidates on stage the last few weeks, but how much impact do they have? Iowa State University political scientist David Andersen says those celebrity endorsements don't have much sway on vo

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close its Dubuque location and move staff to Cedar Rapids in order to better address patient needs. (Planned Parenthood)

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Planned Parenthood is closing its location in Dubuque not because of a lack of demand there, but because there's more demand in Cedar Rapids. Angie Remington, public relations manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says the change will take place as soon as the building in D

The boom in beekeeping prompted one Iowa bee enthusiast to create a new website to keep track of local laws on the topic. (Iowa Agriculture and Land Stewardship Office)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - When Julia McGuire of West Des Moines started keeping bees five years ago, she began connecting with others on the Internet for help. She quickly found the number one question was whether it was legal to keep bees in a certain city, which ultimately led her to create a search

Dale Nimrod shows his wife Sonya around the family farm in southwest Iowa. He and his siblings recently sold the land to help a young couple establish their own family farm. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DECORAH, Iowa - The Farmland Owner Award is given annually by the Practical Farmers of Iowa to non-operator landlords who help get the next generation of farmers started on the land. This year's winners, Dale Nimrod of Decorah along with his sister Faith and brother Vance, sold their southwest Iow

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

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