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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

Parkersburg, IA – In the wake of Sunday's tornado, the cleanup can be almost as dangerous as the storm that caused it, as homeowners in Parkersburg and New Hartford now face the task of removing debris. Bret Vorhees with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says, o

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