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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - IA: Urban Planning/Transportation

At a time when the nation is dealing with a pandemic, environmental groups say the Trump administration creates a risk of more premature deaths by weakening auto-emission standards. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa. -- Environmental groups say Iowa residents will feel the harmful effects of weaker auto-emission standards now moving forward under the Trump administration. On Tuesday, White House officials announced a new rule requiring a 1.5% increase in efficiency through 2026, much lower than

AAA says older drivers often try to avoid driving at night or during rush hours. But experts say new technology is available in many vehicles to help keep them safe and mobile. (NSC.org)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As the new year takes shape, automakers continue work on getting self-driving cars to the masses. Industry experts say seniors especially could benefit from these vehicles -- but a lot of technology can be used now. Terry Murrin, who directs driver-safety programs for AARP Iowa,

Charles City, Iowa's second livable community as defined by AARP, is home to a vintage movie house with nightly film screenings.(cinematreasures.org)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Charles City is working to become a "livable community" – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front will be showcased this Saturday when A

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

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