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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanuagh and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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Public News Service - IA: Early Childhood Education

Children aged 6 to 17 years old should do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, according to guidelines from the federal government. (skeeze/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa schools are introducing new physical education standards this school year that provide teachers with a framework to strengthen instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade. Stacy Frelund, government relations director for the American Heart Association of Iowa, sa

Reading proficiency for Iowa students in kindergarten through third grade improved from 63.4 percent in 2017 to 67.6 percent in 2018. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – An "early warning system" that monitors how well Iowa kids are learning to read in kindergarten through third grade is proving successful, according to the Iowa Reading Research Center. Director Deborah Reed says teachers assess reading skills three times a year, so they c

A new study shows children think scientists are both men and women until they start first grade, and begin to associate science with males. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Think of a scientist: if you were asked to draw that scientist in the 1960s, you almost certainly drew a male - but a new study shows today's children depict female scientists more often than ever before. In 1966, women earned about 20 percent of chemistry bachelor degrees

DMACC Newton Campus is offering a new, one semester Early Childhood Education certificate program. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's economy is bouncing back, creating an increased demand for qualified child care providers. And a central Iowa college is rising to meet the challenge. Some child care providers had to close shop after Maytag left Newton in 2007 and jobs were lost. But a decade lat

Summer programs are helping Iowa middle schoolers become interested in STEM to close the state's skills gap. (DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Economic change has meant more jobs requiring higher levels of skill and education and according to the Iowa Department of Education, there aren't enough people to fill those jobs. A new summer program for kids aims to get middle schoolers excited about STEM, which could close t

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is meant to show kids the value of an education and a balanced work and family life. (daughtersandsonstowork.org)

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to insp

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close its Dubuque location and move staff to Cedar Rapids in order to better address patient needs. (Planned Parenthood)

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Planned Parenthood is closing its location in Dubuque not because of a lack of demand there, but because there's more demand in Cedar Rapids. Angie Remington, public relations manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says the change will take place as soon as the building in D

One of the major issues facing the Iowa Legislature again this session is funding for K-12 schools. (cynthia357/morguefile)

WATERLOO, Iowa - Last year's extended legislative session led to a bipartisan consensus to provide one-and-a-quarter percent more money for education, plus a one-time funding boost of nearly $56 million. But Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed the one-time spending, which caused local school districts to sla

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