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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - IA: Civic Engagement

Charles City, Iowa's second livable community as defined by AARP, is home to a vintage movie house with nightly film screenings.(cinematreasures.org)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Charles City is working to become a "livable community" – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front will be showcased this Saturday when A

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

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