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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - IA: Education

According to the Urban Institute, Iowa's expansion of registered apprenticeships for 16- to 24-year olds led to 4,500 new apprentices between 2016 and 2019. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa is one of only a handful of states to push for a statewide apprenticeship program. And a non-partisan research group says it has shown effectiveness in putting young adults on a path toward a career in various trades. Future Ready Iowa was established in 2016 and matches h

In a new national survey, 40% of high school seniors who already have decided on where to go for college say they are not receiving adequate information about how COVID-19 may affect their enrollment. (Adobe Stock)

AMES, Iowa -- The coronavirus pandemic could have a lasting impact on certain facets of society, including higher education. Two of Iowa's largest schools are preparing for how the situation will impact fall enrollment. A new national survey by the consulting firm Simpson Scarborough says one in

State leaders and education advocates are debating how much money to fund the nearly 500-thousand public school students in Iowa. (somethingholden/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers kicked off the 2020 legislative session this week and already, school funding has become a key topic. The state has increased spending for K-12 students in recent years, but education advocates are convinced state leaders could be doing more. The past few school-f

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is among several presidential hopefuls to take part in candidate forums co-hosted by Des Moines Area Community College. (DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopefuls have been crisscrossing Iowa in hopes of claiming victory in the upcoming caucuses. Some of their audience includes community college students learning more about nominations. Des Moines Area Community College has co-hosted forums with several De

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the new partnership between Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa will increase access to higher education. (dmacc.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A community college official says academic institutions in Iowa have to get creative to avoid losing students amid overall population declines. Those concerns come as a new partnership is being launched to better help community college students obtain a bachelor's degree.

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

The Sioux City School District has added a second bus to its mobile food fleet to ensure more children have access to the annual summer meal program. (siouxcityschools.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa expects to serve more than 1 million meals and snacks to 25,000 kids who are home from school for summer vacation. Twelve new sponsors have joined the program this year, bringing the total to nearly 200 serving food at more than 500 sites in communities across the state

There are almost 50,000 Transportation Security Administration workers at more than 450 locations nationwide. (Transportation Security Administration)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A former kindergarten teacher decided to change careers and pursue airport security work. Now, she's the first graduate of an online credit program offered by Des Moines Area Community College and the Transportation Security Administration. A 35-year-old non-traditional

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