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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - IA: Environment

Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial water quality summary, a 2% increase over the 2016 report. (centraliowapaddlers.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A lawsuit over nutrient pollution in a portion of Iowa's Raccoon River will stretch into 2020 as arguments are heard by the Iowa Supreme Court. A district judge has rejected the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit, brought by two nonprofits – Iowa Citizens for Comm

Severe flooding in March caused levees to fail along the Missouri River in Iowa, resulting in overall damages of $2 billion. (noaa.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In recent years, Iowa has experienced record level flooding, devastating droughts and rising temperatures attributed to climate change. At the same time, the Trump administration is rolling back standards that protect clean air and water. Last week Democrats in the U.S.

Adopting no-till farming practices to improve soil texture and structure has helped Iowa farmer Loran Steinlage adapt to weather extremes. (landstewardshipproject.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Demonstrating best practices for improving soil health and water quality has been front and center for many Iowa farmers this summer. Loran Steinlage has hosted several field days on his 750 acre northeast Iowa farm, explaining successful, regenerative practices he's tried

A new poll from Iowa State University shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the top choice of 24% of likely Iowa caucus-goers. (peoplesaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Four Democratic presidential candidates have been confirmed for The People's Presidential Forum in Des Moines this weekend. The forum is sponsored by the Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. State Policy Organizing Director Adam Mason says because most Iowans ha

Some Iowa farmers are diversifying operations by growing chestnut trees, finding a strong market demand and a high profit potential per acre. (chestnutfestival.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – For generations, Iowa's predictable weather has allowed farmers to specialize in two crops – corn and soybeans. But climate change has many farmers exploring alternative crops, including chestnuts and other nut-producing trees. Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopo

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DES MOINES, Iowa – 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year on record at a time when some Iowa farmers still are dealing with extreme spring flooding and five years of falling income. A changing climate also fuels the pressure, but preventive measures are an option for many.

More than 500 miles of levees on three Midwestern rivers and other tributaries experienced significant flood damage this year. (iowafloodcenter.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa are fielding lots of questions about how they plan to address climate change. Climate scientists attribute the burning of fossil fuels to global warming, which in turn causes extreme weather events such as the spring fl

Charles City, Iowa's second livable community as defined by AARP, is home to a vintage movie house with nightly film screenings.(cinematreasures.org)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Charles City is working to become a "livable community" – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front will be showcased this Saturday when A

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