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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - IA: Health

Although recent anti-abortion laws in Iowa have been struck down by the courts, legal observers note that four conservative-leaning justices have been added to the state Supreme Court since 2018. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The issue of whether to restrict abortions has flared up again in Iowa. This week, a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Iowa's new law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The bill was passed with GOP support just before the Legislature adjourned - an

State officials say nearly 80% of the votes cast in Iowa's June 2 primary came through absentee ballots. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill in the Iowa Legislature would restrict the state from mailing out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, like it did during the recent primary. The measure is drawing fierce backlash as the state looks ahead to the November election. In response to COVID-1

Iowa's jobless rate has soared above 10%, prompting concerns about families losing health insurance during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Losing employer-provided health insurance is one of the side effects of the pandemic-driven economic crisis. That poses a big concern for Iowa families and their children, bit many do have options. It's estimated that as many as 43 million Americans could lose their health in

Unlike police and fire departments, emergency medical services have never been classified as an

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, Iowa's first responders say the state should no longer hold off on declaring Emergency Medical Services an essential service. That status is something EMS workers in Iowa have sought long before COVID-19. Being declared "ess

The push to reopen many businesses is among a number of moves Iowa's governor has been questioned about in the state's response to COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's handling of the coronavirus response has received criticism at times. A watchdog organization says it's fair to question some of the moves, but adds there's a lot to consider. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been scrutinized for not issuing a stay-at-home order, and the state's tro

This Friday, all counties in Iowa can have certain businesses reopen to limited capacity. That's despite concerns about reopening the state's economy too soon during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa's governor has announced more easing of restrictions on business activity. That might be welcome news for small businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, but not all of them are ready to open their doors. The latest order allowing more business activity goes into effect

This Friday, 77 out of Iowa's 99 counties will see restrictions relaxed for certain businesses that were shutdown by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa officials say furloughed workers who resist calls to return to their jobs during the pandemic run the risk of losing their unemployment benefits. The warning comes amid some workers' fears of becoming infected as economic activity picks up again. Later this week, Gov. Kim R

The current version of the federal Conservation Stewardship Program was launched in 2008. (Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, Iowa -- The coronavirus pandemic remains the focus of policymakers as they look to reduce the impact of the global outbreak. While those important actions play out, other key programs, including one that helps Iowa farmers implement conservation practices, are continuing. Iowa farmer

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