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PNS Daily Newscast - May 21 , 2019 


The DOJ says former White House counsel Don McGahn does not have to testify. Also, on our Tuesday rundown: “Stop the Bans” protests over extreme abortion laws; education a hot topic in the Bay State and guess how many adults have tried marijuana?

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Public News Service - IA: Civic Engagement

The Iowa chapter of the ACLU was founded in 1935, 15 years after the national organization. (ACLU of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A two-day exhibition highlighting accomplishments of the American Civil Liberties Union ahead of its 100th anniversary next year comes to Des Moines today. Kylie Gottschalk, community engagement associate with the ACLU of Iowa, says much like the national organization, the

There wouldn't be cupcakes at a virtual Democratic caucus, but the idea is to make caucus attendance more accessible to all by allowing people to

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 30-day public comment period is underway in Iowa to find out how Democratic voters feel about using "virtual" caucuses in the next presidential primary. Iowa's nominating contest traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season, and has sometimes been criticized f

As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa voters will hear from roughly two dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls in the run-up to the November 2020 election. (personaldemocracy/Flickr)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Iowa this weekend, the latest Democratic 2020 presidential candidate testing the waters where the nation's first caucuses are held. Gillibrand will start her tour in the western corner of the state, much like Sen. Elizabeth Warren,

Prior to passage of Iowa's 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's so-called ag-gag law that criminalized efforts to expose violations related to animal cruelty and food safety has been struck down as unconstitutional. The controversial law prohibited undercover videos showing animal abuse at factory farms, and also prevented whist

In 2017, the United States Elections Project said 93 percent of Iowa's eligible population is registered to vote. (sos.iowa.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Voting in Iowa next month will include a soft rollout of the state's new ID law that requires voters to show identification, but nonpartisan groups still say voting is easy, and they want to see a large turnout for the midterm election. AARP state director Brad Anderson sa

Americans ages 18 to 29 have had the lowest voter turnout rate of any age group in every election since 1986. (now.tufts.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer understands that voting isn't ingrained in young people the way it is in older adults – that's why he signed a Mayor's Pledge to make voter registration as easy as possible. Greer is one of several Iowa mayors supporting a nationwide init

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are hearing from Native American leaders and Iowa farmers as they march through Story, Boone and Webster counties ahead of an Iowa Supreme Court hearing next week. (boldiowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa – This is the fourth day of a weeklong march across Iowa to raise awareness about a lawsuit headed to the Iowa Supreme Court next week over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Iowa Sierra Club and nine landowners initiated the lawsuit. It alleges the Iowa Utilities Board illegal

Iowa women volunteer at significantly higher rates than men, but don't equal their numbers on county boards and commissions. (sjreia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite a 2012 Iowa law requiring gender balance on county and city boards, the ratio of men to women serving in those offices hasn't evened out, and a new report says improvement has mostly stalled. The research from Iowa State University shows that only four of Iowa's 99

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