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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against

PHOTO: A handful of organizations are taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being taken to court over the pollution from so-called factory farms in a case that could impact livestock producers and rural residents across Iowa. The petitions, filed in federal court, say the EPA has failed for years to address n

PHOTO: Iowa law enforcement has already seized some 64,000 grams of methamphetamine in 2014, marking a nine-year high. Photo credit: Nathan Jongewaard/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - There are changing trends when it comes to the scourge of methamphetamine in Iowa, but the drug's dangerous and deadly grip remains tight in communities across the state. Thanks to laws on psuedoephedrine and meth precursor ingredients, there has been a dramatic drop in the numbe

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club

PHOTO: Those who rely on local and fresh foods in Iowa are asking for more careful application of pesticides by farmers who use them on their crops. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The picnic tables will be loaded with fresh foods as friends and family gather for the Fourth of July, but some in Iowa believe there is a threat to the integrity of those locally produced fruits and vegetables. Donna Prizgintas, a chef in Ames who relies on fresh ingredients fro

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl

PHOTO: In cities across the state, cleanup days and events are on the calendars in the weeks ahead, helping residents properly dispose of items that can't be trashed. Photo credit: Loren Kerns

DES MOINES, Iowa - With more seasonable weather now settling in, folks across Iowa are being reminded that not everything can just go into the trash as they start to tackle projects around the house and the yard. Leslie Holsapple, Metro Waste Authority program coordinator, said that includes hazard

PHOTO: A hog operation in southeast Iowa has been fined $10,000 and ordered to make repairs after a November manure spill into a tributary of the Des Moines River. Photo Credit: Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the state's largest hog operations is being fined for the spill of manure into a tributary of the Des Moines River. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined The Maschhoffs $10,000 and ordered updates to equipment after the incident last fall. In its ruli

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