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    PNS Daily News - April 29, 20160 

    Running down today’s news, the presidential frontrunners turn their attention – and their political barbs – against each other, the C-D-C announces that teen pregnancy rates have dropped by almost half, and health care officials and others are taking steps to deal with the epidemic of opiate addiction.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

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

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