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Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - IA: Budget Policy & Priorities

In addition to a federal investigation, Iowa lawmakers might soon be looking into issues surrounding the Department of Human Services. In the meantime, the new DHS director is getting praise over her response. (Adobe Services)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers say they like the job the interim Department of Human Services director has been doing, and have confirmed her permanent appointment to the post. Advocates for people with disabilities are expressing optimism as well. Kelly Garcia was named interim director last f

According to Iowa officials, nearly 35 projects in the state are currently going through the review process under the federal law known as NEPA. (fws.gov)

NASHUA, Iowa -- Some Iowans are among those weighing in on proposed changes to a landmark federal environmental law, saying the changes would be harmful to wildlife habitat and other landscapes, including farm communities. The Trump administration wants to limit the review powers of the National E

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council hopes their causes will not be ignored during the current legislative session. (Iowaddcouncil.org.)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have been in session for nearly two weeks, and advocates for people with disabilities hope they don't overlook their concerns as the legislative calendar moves forward. Expanding community-based care supports is one of the top priorities for advocates. Brooke Love

State leaders and education advocates are debating how much money to fund the nearly 500-thousand public school students in Iowa. (somethingholden/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers kicked off the 2020 legislative session this week and already, school funding has become a key topic. The state has increased spending for K-12 students in recent years, but education advocates are convinced state leaders could be doing more. The past few school-f

Severe flooding in March caused levees to fail along the Missouri River in Iowa, resulting in overall damages of $2 billion. (noaa.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In recent years, Iowa has experienced record level flooding, devastating droughts and rising temperatures attributed to climate change. At the same time, the Trump administration is rolling back standards that protect clean air and water. Last week Democrats in the U.S.

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

A new nationwide AARP campaign encourages lawmakers to adopt legislation allowing states' Attorneys General to crack down on prescription drug price increases. (Pixabay/Bru-nO)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Polls show that reducing the cost of prescription drugs is a very important issue to Americans, and AARP is launching a new campaign to demand action, at both the federal and state levels. Ten years ago, Doug Lehman from Sioux City wasn't on any prescription drugs, but a k

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