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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 


    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Lyons, NE – Just when rural Iowans are in the greatest need of economic development, the 2008 Farm Bill nearly eliminated all designated funds to benefit rural expansion. At the Center for Rural Affairs, Jon Bailey has done an analysis of the 2008 Farm Bill, and found 233 times more spendin

Des Moines, IA - The use of lead in gasoline and paint was banned years ago, but there are about 16,000 factories and mines across the United States, including many in Iowa, that continue to be sources of airborne lead emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has slashed the amount of all

Des Moines, IA - It's been nearly 20 years since the legislature banned leaves and yard debris from being buried in landfills, and in most communities around the state it's also illegal to burn leaves because of the resulting air pollution. If your yard's filling up with fall color, Amy Horst of Me

Des Moines, IA – They're hoping the movement to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq starts with a knock on your door. On Saturday, hundreds of Iowans will will go house-to-house to help kick off a nationwide effort to get at least one million signatures on a petition, urging Congress to bring Ame

Des Moines, IA – It's been two months since floodwaters receded across Iowa, leaving thousands of acres of crops ruined. It's been particularly hard on family farms that grow specialty crops and produce for farmers' markets, many of which were not adequately covered by federal crop insurance.

Des Moines, IA – Behind the scenes at the Democratic Convention in Denver this week is a series of conferences on reaching out to rural voters. Director Neil Ritchie of the League of Rural Voters is not a convention delegate, but he'll be part of the conversations about rural policy, and he

Des Moines, IA – For the Aplington-Parkersburg School, supplies include more than paper and pencils. Such basics as tables, chairs and computers also are needed to restock the school building, which was wrecked by a deadly tornado in May. Although portable classrooms have been brought in for f

Des Moines, IA – From broken appliances to old tires, junk is being dumped where it shouldn't be. Starting this week, the Metro Waste Authority is taking steps to stop this hazardous and illegal practice in central Iowa. The Authority is bankrolling a first-of-its-kind, 24-hour surveillance pr

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