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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: federal agents are searching the scene of the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid; California has a monumental moment with President Obama.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

Des Moines, IA – Many responsible developers in Iowa build projects that protect natural resources while revitalizing towns, cities and neighborhoods for future generations. The group 1,000 Friends of Iowa has recognized the efforts of six such developers for accomplishments in 2008. The pr

Des Moines, IA – It's a good bet that, right now, almost every Christmas tree in every Iowa living room is surrounded by a mound of presents - but after Christmas morning, much of it will end up in trash bags. Amy Horst, spokesperson for Metro Waste Authority, poses a big, nagging annual que

Des Moines, IA – The average age of Iowa farmers is well over 55, so many people working in agriculture need to make plans now to pass on the farming operation to the next generation. This process has changed over the years, however. The older generation may have a different approach to busine

Ames, IA – Understanding why Iowa's spring flooding occurred and exploring what can be done to prevent it from happening again are part of the agenda today at a gathering in Ames. Jerry DeWitt, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, which is co-hos

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