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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - IA: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

Advocates say while society has become more accepting of gays and lesbians, there's still a lot of backlash toward those who identify as transgender. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Advocates for equal rights on Monday were handed a major victory by the U.S. Supreme Court which said federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination. An Iowa group said it hopes the ruling will give an immediate boost to the transgender community. Courtney

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

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

According to one trade group, Iowa has more than 9,000 wind-energy jobs. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Renewable energy is among the many industries seeing major disruptions during the pandemic. Observers say that's troubling news for states such as Iowa as a national leader in producing wind energy. Last year, Iowa joined Kansas as the first states to have wind power become a to

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

In addition to close distances on the assembly lines, meat plant workers often have to clean up in crowded locker rooms. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The temporary closing of meat-processing plants has raised concerns over food supplies during the pandemic. But in states like Iowa and South Dakota, they also renew demands for worker safety. At least two plants in Iowa suspended operations after a number of employees tested po

A bill in the Iowa Legislature would require landlords to disclose monthly utility costs before renting out a unit, but unlike similar laws, would not require that they make energy-saving upgrades. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Landlords of larger apartment complexes in Iowa would have to disclose monthly utility costs to potential renters, in a bill now in the state Legislature. The proposal has already cleared the Iowa Senate with bipartisan support and is now up for consideration in the House. It wo

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