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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.


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

Public News Service - IA: LGBTQIA Issues

Advocates say while society has become more accepting of gays and lesbians, there's still a lot of backlash toward those who identify as transgender. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Advocates for equal rights on Monday were handed a major victory by the U.S. Supreme Court which said federal law protects LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination. An Iowa group said it hopes the ruling will give an immediate boost to the transgender community. Courtney

More than 3% of Iowa's adult population identifies as LGBTQ. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A new report gives Iowa a "fair" grade when it comes to policies that support its LGBTQ residents. The Movement Advancement Project report summarizes both the progress and roadblocks seen by members of the LGBTQ community in all states over the past decade. It said Iowa's overa

As a Fairfield school board member, Phil Miller voted to allow transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. (martyspittle/Pixabay)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – In the wake of a special election punctuated by attack ads about transgender bathroom access, the winner is reflecting on what voters really seemed to care about. Fairfield veterinarian Phil Miller, a Democrat, faced criticism in the election from Republican Travis Harris f

The Iowa Legislature could adjourn within the next few weeks, close to the April 19 target. (Library of Congress)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Leaders of the Republican-led Iowa House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are pledging to pass a state budget and adjourn in advance of the April 19 target date. Last week, leaders announced a deal on coupling state and federal tax law, a breakthrough that could lead to a budge

DES MOINES, Iowa – Some believe there is a persistent stigma in Iowa that keeps members of the LGBT community from seeking health care. They might have issues with insurance coverage, or they don't want to be "outed" by going to the doctor. As part of an effort to provide medical services to

DES MOINES, Iowa - HIV testing used to take a long time to process, and people would have to wait days for results, but now there is "Rapid HIV testing," which produced results in just minutes. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will begin offering the testing option Jan. 1 at all 23 health centers

DES MOINES, Iowa - Fifty years ago, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland began selling used books as a fundraiser. The annual book sale now draws thousands of people to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. To help raise money this year, a performance by Emmy award-winning musician, composer, philanthropist

DES MOINES, Iowa - "Get Yourself Talking and Get Yourself Tested" is the message in a campaign inspired by MTV and endorsed by a variety of local organizations, including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, to encourage teenagers to be tested yearly for sexually transmitted diseases. According to t

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