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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - IA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Mexico's plan to slap a tariff on pork products in retaliation for aluminum and steel import levies could cost U.S. pork farmers $360 million annually. (btfrewinphotography/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The price Iowa farmers are getting for soybeans is 50 to 70 cents better than this time last year, but whether that will continue may depend on the outcome of trade talks between America and its closest allies. President Donald Trump delivered a threat to trade partners me

Democrats on the losing side of the Agriculture Committee's vote to forward the 2018 Farm Bill to the full House say a provision to remove 2 million people from food stamps will never pass. (nrdc.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018 Farm Bill is now headed to the House floor in Washington after Wednesday's approval by the GOP-controlled House Agriculture Committee on a party-line vote. In addition to requiring new work and job requirements from those who receive food stamps, sustainable farmi

Soybean farmers lost an estimated $1.7 billion Wednesday as soybean futures tumbled with speculation of an impending trade war. (ilsoy.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are anxiously watching tit-for-tat tariff threats, as China has responded to import duties proposed by the Trump administration on aluminum and steel by going after products produced in states such as Iowa. China has floated tariffs on $50 billion of American go

An estimated 81 percent of Iowa families would face economic hardship if they needed to take time off work to care for a newborn, themselves or another family member. (ca.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa — On the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for a mandatory, national family-leave policy say eight in ten Iowa families face economic insecurity when they need time off work to care for themselves or a family member. Federal law requires that bu

Iowa's small towns have fewer children as the U.S. population continues to gray. (visitiowa.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A study to determine why some small towns in Iowa wither and others thrive is under way at Iowa State University. For more than 30 years, most small Midwest communities have experienced shrinking populations, an exodus of younger people, job losses and fewer community serv

DMACC charges $150 per credit hour for nurses' training, while the University of Iowa's rate is $397. (suyizailushang/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The nursing shortage in Iowa and across the country is getting the full attention of two educational institutions: Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Iowa. In an agreement announced this week, prospective nurses can take their first three years of schooling

When insurance provider Medica signaled it was likely to leave the Iowa individual health insurance market, the state was put in a tough position.(Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A stopgap insurance plan presented this week to federal officials by Iowa's insurance commissioner needs to be re-worked to better protect low-income and older Iowans, according to the Child & Family Policy Center. Mary Nelle Trefz, a health policy associate with the cente

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

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