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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - IA: Water

In the past decade, Iowa has been among the top states with the most flood-disaster declarations. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has taken steps to prevent floods following historic disasters in recent decades. At the center of these efforts are local coordinators, working to keep jurisdictions on the same page. Now, a proposal is being offered to better fund these positions. As lawmakers craft the n

Environmental groups in the upper Midwest say states such as Iowa face ongoing flood threats because of extreme weather events caused by climate change. (Crystal Dorothy)

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- As Iowa and other states brace for more flooding this spring along the Upper Mississippi River, a new report highlights the continued threat facing the waterway. Each spring, the environmental group American Rivers releases its "Endangered Rivers" report, and this year, the Upper

In addition to flood mitigation, advocates pushing a sales-tax increase in Iowa say it would help to ensure clean water. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is trying to build support for a 1-cent sales-tax increase that would help fund conservation programs. It's a tough sell in the Legislature, but some groups are throwing their support behind the plan. A portion of the tax hike would fulfill a 2010 constitu

According to Iowa officials, nearly 35 projects in the state are currently going through the review process under the federal law known as NEPA. (fws.gov)

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NASHUA, Iowa -- Some Iowans are among those weighing in on proposed changes to a landmark federal environmental law, saying the changes would be harmful to wildlife habitat and other landscapes, including farm communities. The Trump administration wants to limit the review powers of the National E

The Iowa Flood Center says until landscape management plans become better established, the state will continue to see significant floods in the years to come. (Adobe Stock)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Government forecasters are warning that Iowa is in store for more significant flooding this spring. A state researcher says these predictions have become all too common. The National Weather Service recently predicted the chances of major flooding along the Mississippi River are

Missouri River flooding in 2019 brought devastation to Iowa and neighboring states. (iihr.uiowa.edu)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - An updated guide from the National Wildlife Federation says Iowa remains vulnerable to flooding brought on by climate change. The "Unnatural Disasters" map shows how these threats can harm local economies and wildlife. The Federation released its first map in 2018. Joe Wilkins

Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial water quality summary, a 2% increase over the 2016 report. (centraliowapaddlers.org)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A lawsuit over nutrient pollution in a portion of Iowa's Raccoon River will stretch into 2020 as arguments are heard by the Iowa Supreme Court. A district judge has rejected the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit, brought by two nonprofits – Iowa Citizens for Comm

Severe flooding in March caused levees to fail along the Missouri River in Iowa, resulting in overall damages of $2 billion. (noaa.edu)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – In recent years, Iowa has experienced record level flooding, devastating droughts and rising temperatures attributed to climate change. At the same time, the Trump administration is rolling back standards that protect clean air and water. Last week Democrats in the U.S.

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