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    PNS Daily New - October 6, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: the TPP has been dubbed the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, but there are concerns when it comes to American jobs and health; a big vote in the Keystone State impacting education; and workers turn out to be the largest group to benefit from Medicaid expansion.

Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Des Moines, IA – Food Banks statewide are all reporting increased demand, with more families asking for help because of the poor economy. It’s happening in small towns and big cities, leading to food banks statewide distributing far more than just a year ago. The Des Moines Area Relig

Des Moines, IA – Today is Election Day, and even those who have not yet registered may still be able to cast ballots, since recent changes in Iowa law now allow same-day voter registration. Amy Logsdon with Iowa Citizen Action Network says you can still go to the polls and have your vote cou

Lyons, NE - With credit hard to come by these days, it is increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to start any new businesses - but there's good news for those wanting to get into agriculture. Traci Bruckner of The Center for Rural Affairs/em> says there are millions of dollars available through th

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.

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