PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 

44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 

Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Iowa’s Best “Smart Growth” Developers Honored

December 24, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Many responsible developers in Iowa build projects that protect natural resources while revitalizing towns, cities and neighborhoods for future generations. The group 1,000 Friends of Iowa has recognized the efforts of six such developers for accomplishments in 2008.

The project that upheld the most "Smart Growth" principles in a single entry was the HEART Program's Washington Street Project, in Dubuque. It was the winner of the Best Renovated Residential Development Award. Christine Olson with the Four Mounds Foundation says the program was unique because it showed at-risk teens how to renovate homes and educated them on green building practices.

"It's a real opportunity for them to be able not only to gain construction skills through the rehabilitation of derelict homes, but also really be able to give back to their community and have that connection to the community."

Olson says that once the dilapidated homes were restored, the neighborhood was suddenly turned around.

"The houses have been made available for first-time home owners in the low to moderate income range; decent, quality, affordable homes for working families.”

An innovative subdivision code put in place by Iowa City, which may serve as a model for other Iowa cities and towns, won the City Leadership Award, the first awarded to an entity instead of an individual.

Dick Layman/Steve Powers, Public News Service - IA