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PNS Daily News - October 11, 2019 


Energy Secretary Rick Perry is handed a subpoena in the impeachment inquiry; and the Trump administration approves drug testing as a condition for unemployment benefits.

2020Talks - October 11, 2019 


Nine candidates addressed LGBTQ issues last night, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay top-tier presidential primary candidate.

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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

A bill using funds already in place says Iowa recovery efforts could be better coordinated after a natural disaster. (National Weather Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After a major weather incident like the tornado that hit Stanton in southwestern Iowa last week, water, food and shelter can suddenly be in short supply, and volunteers from faith-based and community organizations usually rally to help their neighbors. But the goal of Senate Fil

Flooding, such as that seen in Iowa in 2008, could be avoided in part through better topsoil management. (Newtben33/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The nutrient-rich topsoil that's taken away to level the land when homes and other new buildings are constructed doesn't often get replaced. While some cities and towns require that it's put back, many don't, and construction companies often sell off the soil. But Kari Carney,

River Place in Cedar Falls won top honors for a new residential project in the Best Development Awards presented by 1000 Friends of Iowa. (River Place)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans working toward sustainable development and community improvement are being honored for it. The "Best Development Awards" were started in 2001 as a way to reward individuals and communities who were doing a good job incorporating smart growth and sustainable development in

According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process of permitting new wind energy projects could be streamlined with a single source of approval. Credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and

PHOTO: People looking for a perfect place to call home need to look no farther than Iowa. Cedar Rapids (pictured above) and Marion have both made the top 10 in the Livability Index for cities their size. The index is from AARP and ranks communities based on categories such as housing, transportation, environment, health and opportunity. Photo credit: Stijn Debrouwere/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa communities are being called among the best in the nation for people being able to remain active and engaged, get where they want to go and live comfortably and in good health. The first-of-its-kind Livability Index from AARP has Cedar Rapids as the country's seventh be

PHOTO: Iowans get a chance to weigh in today and next week as the Environmental Protection Commission holds hearings on proposed changes to the state's four-inch rule on topsoil. Photo credit: Carmen Shields/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A series of public hearings begins today on a controversial proposal to change the rule on the preservation of topsoil at Iowa's home and business construction sites. As it stands now, if one acre or more of land is disturbed during construction and there is at least four inches

PHOTO: Voices across Iowa are calling for a 'Fix It First' approach to roads and bridges, following Tuesday's passage of a bill to raise the state gas tax by 10-cents. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature has approved a 10-cent hike in the state's gas tax to fund roads and bridges, and residents and organizations speaking out after the bill's passage say the initial focus must be on repairing existing infrastructure. Laura Belin, a 1000 Friends of Iowa board

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