PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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: Public Lands/Wilderness

Selecting a tree from one of Iowa's 100 choose-and-harvest farms can involve even the youngest family member. Courtesy: Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Assn.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa-grown Christmas trees are worth a million dollars annually to Iowa's economy. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says tree farms make good use of land that might not be suitable for raising other crops. "Most of the farms are just a few acres, but when you look at all

PHOTO: The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund approved by Iowa voters in 2010 remains unfunded but that could soon change with 2015 session, underway today (Monday). Photo credit: Tony Fischer/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The gavel comes down today to open the 2015 Iowa Legislature, and among the proposals to be considered is a move to raise taxes for the environment and recreation. In 2010, Iowa voters approved a constitutional amendment for a future sales tax increase to go to a Natural R

PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program is open for new enrollments for 2014 and it's a program with which more and more Iowa farmers are finding success. CREDIT: Carl Wycoff

BOONE, Iowa – The annual enrollment for the Conservation Stewardship Program is under way. And it’s an effort that's finding success in Iowa. Under CSP, incentives are provided to farmers to strengthen water quality, protect wildlife habitat and enhance soil quality. Jeremy Gustafson

PHOTO: In the past six years, there have been at least five manure spills from the Van Buren County hog operation of The Maschhoffs, LLC, and the latest is prompting a lawsuit. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions

DES MOINES, Iowa – After another manure spill from one of the state's largest hog operations, a coalition of community, environmental and animal welfare organizations says enough is enough. David Goodner, farm and environment organizer with the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI),

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report outlines how climate change is affecting big game, making a connection between a bleeding disease and Iowa's white-tailed deer. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

DES MOINES, Iowa - White-tailed deer are sometimes so plentiful in Iowa they're considered a nuisance. However, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, that could quickly become different because of climate change, which is affecting big-game populations around the country.

LYONS, Neb. - Wind energy is making its mark on rural plains states like Iowa. The Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) just completed a report on the industry. CFRA energy policy analyst Johnathan Hladik says 40 percent of the nation's electricity demand can be satisfied by wind power - and it would cos

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Developers sometimes get a bad reputation when projects create urban sprawl. However, a growing number of developers are using smart-growth practices that provide benefits to the community, the environment, and the quality of life for future generations. Those developers and proj

DES MOINES, Iowa - Wind power production is often touted as a potentially big money-maker for various states, and a new report delves into the manufacturing side of wind-generation set-ups, showing that small companies could play more of a role in supplying materials, and making wind production part

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