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PNS Daily News - July 8, 20150
We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the CDC reports that heroin use, abuse, and overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fast; a new national poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the Endangered Species Act; and a report details increased water use in fracking.
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.
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