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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh; and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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Public News Service - IA: Mental Health

Iowa farmers are coping with low commodity prices and devastating floods, creating concerns about their mental health and well-being due to stress. (Julius Schaaf/grains.org)

By Kelly Page, IowaWatch.org Broadcast version by Roz Brown, Public News Service DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa does not have enough psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists or other mental health care providers to handle an increasing need to care for farmers dealing with relentless flooding this

Future Ready Iowa, an initiative to build Iowa’s employment talent pipeline, promotes services to help people with disabilities prepare for, get and keep jobs and advance in their workplaces. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With only a few weeks remaining in this year's legislative session, Iowans with disabilities and their families aim to remind lawmakers to seek their input before passing new laws that could affect them. Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities C

Studies show that people who struggle with depression during the winter months can sometimes improve their symptoms with frequent exposure to bright light or sunshine. (pawelkozera/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The holiday season is ramping up, and while most people look forward to festivities with friends and family, for others this time of year can worsen stress, sadness and depression. Some people have increased anxiety due to travel obligations, or the expenses of gift-giving

More than 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, according to a 2016 Journal of Pediatrics study. (pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children. But most Iowa kids aren't meeting that goal. That one hour of activity is known to help keep weight off and improve kids' mental and emotional health - which in turn c

Mental-health advocates are pleading with state lawmakers to address Iowa's lack of supports for those with severe mental illnesses. (Alan Stanley/Pixabay)

URBANDALE, Iowa – An obituary for an Iowa boy who took his own life is a heartbreaking call for attention to the state's lack of mental-health services. Mary Neubauer of Urbandale wrote it after finding her 18-year-old son Sergei dead this week. She and her husband fought for years to get th

The American Psychological Association suggests that doctors need to be encouraged to include social connectedness in medical screening. (Anja/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Loneliness and social isolation are growing problems in Iowa and across the United States. That's what a growing body of research from psychologists to caregivers and experts in senior care is indicating. According to AARP, more than 43 million adults in the country age 45

Early intervention is important to help Iowans with autism address language deficits, social delays, sensory sensitivities and other challenges. (davitydave/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans and their loved ones who are impacted by an autism-spectrum disorder have something to celebrate, and just in time for Autism Awareness Month in April. On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will expand access to a valuable treatment for people with autism

Millions of Americans struggling with mental-health concerns gained access to services because of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Plans to revamp the Affordable Care Act were among President Trump's talking points during last night's address before a joint session of Congress. And one sector of the population stands to be significantly impacted by changes to the health-care law. Peggy Hubbert, the ex

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