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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - IA: Water

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Adopting no-till farming practices to improve soil texture and structure has helped Iowa farmer Loran Steinlage adapt to weather extremes. (landstewardshipproject.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Demonstrating best practices for improving soil health and water quality has been front and center for many Iowa farmers this summer. Loran Steinlage has hosted several field days on his 750 acre northeast Iowa farm, explaining successful, regenerative practices he's tried

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