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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - IA: Civic Engagement

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has asked the Des Moines City Council to intervene in cases where the group feels that protesters have been unfairly targeted by police. (Iowa CCI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In many U.S. cities, relationships have soured between police and protesters, who say officers use strong-arm tactics during demonstrations against racial injustice. In Iowa, those tensions are on the rise again. A Des Moines community group is calling attention to a letter sent

Since the pandemic began, Iowa has seen nearly 70,000 positive coronavirus cases. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa remains one of the nation's hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks, and in the state's largest county, health officials are urging people to do their part to limit community spread. A recent White House report recommends mask mandates and other prevention measures for Iowa after

Iowa's secretary of state has worked with advocates to reach out to people with disabilities, reminding them of the options they have in voting during a pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The calendar still says August, but given the many challenges 2020 has seen, those doing outreach efforts ahead of the fall election say time is not a luxury. That sentiment is being expressed by a key Iowa group that assists residents with disabilities. In Iowa, Oct. 24 is a k

Through various executive orders over the past 15 years, Iowa has seen several reversals of voting rights for people with past felony convictions. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa no longer is the last state to prohibit anyone with a past felony conviction from voting, after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an order restoring those rights. But advocates for this group of voters feel it doesn't go far enough. The executive order follows up on a promise Reynol

State officials say nearly 80% of the votes cast in Iowa's June 2 primary came through absentee ballots. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill in the Iowa Legislature would restrict the state from mailing out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, like it did during the recent primary. The measure is drawing fierce backlash as the state looks ahead to the November election. In response to COVID-1

The push to reopen many businesses is among a number of moves Iowa's governor has been questioned about in the state's response to COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's handling of the coronavirus response has received criticism at times. A watchdog organization says it's fair to question some of the moves, but adds there's a lot to consider. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been scrutinized for not issuing a stay-at-home order, and the state's tro

In addition to restricting visitors, the CDC advises long-term care facilities to limit group activities amid the spread of coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - As health officials work to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, they're asking that families avoid making any non-essential visits to loved ones being cared for in nursing homes. In conjunction with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Hea

After the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-choice advocates in 2018, anti-abortion lawmakers are hoping to amend the Iowa Constitution. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- GOP leaders in Iowa hope to send a constitutional amendment to voters stating that a woman's right to an abortion is not protected -- but opponents of that effort are rallying. The amendment would effectively roll back a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that affirms women have t

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