PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 

West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - IA: Urban Planning/Transportation

DES MOINES, Iowa - Flooding is top of mind again for Iowa, with roads closed in Des Moines and warnings from the National Weather Service about the high risks of high water this spring. However, it is a topic that seems to have fallen off the radar for the Iowa Legislature. Proposals that would have

DES MOINES, Iowa - Flood warnings have been issued across Iowa this week by the National Weather Service. While conditions are not expected to be as severe as the floods of 2008, the lessons learned from that time are up for discussion. The conversation began at a Tuesday night symposium in Des Moi

DES MOINES, Iowa - Officially, there are a little more than three weeks of winter left on the calendar, and this season's waves of snow and cold have meant cities have had a tough time keeping sidewalks cleared. While that can be a hazard walking to school or work, it presents an even more dangerous

DES MOINES, Iowa - Two years ago, the legislature ordered a study of public transit in Iowa, with the focus on the needs of seniors and how the system could achieve energy independence. That report is now in the hands of state lawmakers. Michelle McEnany, director of the Department of Transportati

DES MOINES, Iowa - The 'best of the best' are being recognized in Iowa. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa, which promotes responsible land use planning, honors building projects every year - both new construction and redevelopment - for design, sustainability, and/or preservation qualities with its "Be

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The harvest season is underway in some communities around Iowa where public spaces like parks and street easements have been put to work as gardens. Darrin Nordahl, a city designer in Davenport, thinks there should be more of that, and he has written a book called "Public Produce:

Des Moines, IA – Back when many of Iowa's first communities were built, every amenity from parks to grocery stores was within walking distance, and sidewalks were common. Today's new developments are miles from such places and have no sidewalks at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics and

Des Moines, IA – Transportation planning officials in Iowa are scrambling to get projects back to the Federal Transportation Committee for re-authorization of funding, but some say many of those projects reflect Iowans' addiction to driving, rather than offering ways to fight climate change th

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