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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - IA: Urban Planning/Transportation

Des Moines recorded 13.7 million visitors in 2016, a new record for Iowa's capital city. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Urban-design experts know downtown vitality is critical to a city's success, and Des Moines will take up the challenge next week when a block of East Grand Avenue gets a temporary makeover. The block between East Fifth and Sixth streets already is home to restaurants and r

A new study says automobiles are so much cleaner than 100 years ago, perfumes and household cleaning agents are taking over the top spot for urban air pollution. (indoorpollution.info)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A new study has come up with a surprising result: Because cars are now dramatically cleaner than they used to be, products like skin lotions and indoor cleaners are becoming the dominant source of key emissions. University of Colorado lead author and scientist, Brian McDon

Patrol officers say the best policy for mobile phones in traffic is

DES MOINES, Iowa – If the dangers involved with texting and driving aren't enough, Iowa motorists will soon have a financial incentive to put away their phones. Beginning Saturday, texting while driving becomes a primary offense in the state - meaning patrol officers can pull you over and ti

The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund could help create bike paths, and other ways to help Iowans be more active. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – With 2016 coming to a close, a broad-based coalition is looking to 2017 as a year to preserve Iowa's natural heritage and "fund the trust." The Iowa Water and Land Legacy or "I-WILL" Coalition is focused on raising the state sales tax by three-eighths of a penny, to fund the

Elkaderís Whitewater Park and River Access was recognized as a Smart Growth Project in 2015.  (Elkader Whitewater Project)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Innovative ideas are spurring projects that advance sustainability in Iowa, and some of those efforts will soon receive special recognition. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa is taking nominations for its 15th Annual Best Development Awards. The awards showcase projects and progra

Social-service groups say evicting people from Des Moines' homeless camps simply moves the problem instead of solving it. (tom stovall/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A fight for the homeless is ramping up in Des Moines. Eviction notices with a deadline of August 29th went up at several locations where the city’s homeless often set up camp. Opponents of that strategy will gather outside City Council chambers on Monday afternoon to

Even though school is out, budgeting and planning for programs making walking to school safer are now in the works. (HealthierIowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Transportation Improvement Program's five-year plan recently released by the Iowa Department of Transportation includes nearly $1.2 billion of much-needed funding for aviation, railway and roadway projects for fiscal year 2017. However, just a tiny fraction of that goes to cre

In order to keep traffic fatalities down, additional Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads in this weekend leading up to Monday's July 4th celebrations. (dps.state.ia.us)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest numbers show 174 people have died in traffic accidents so far during 2016 in Iowa. Trooper Vince Kurtz, a public resource officer with the Iowa State Police, calls it an unfortunate rise. "Right now, we're looking at a very steep increase from last year at this t

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