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PNS Daily Newscast - June 27, 2019 


More time on the ground for the Boeing 737 MAX. Also on our Thursday rundown: A diverse group tackles the topic of salmon recovery. Plus, summer bees are buzzing, but for how long?

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Public News Service - IA: Civil Rights

Pro-choice advocates are expected to rally at state capitols and courthouses in all 50 states today in response to Alabama's almost total ban on abortion passed last week. (aclu-ia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Rallies will be held in six Iowa cities today following the near-total ban on abortions signed into law in Alabama last week and ongoing efforts to pass similar laws in other states. The Alabama law makes no exception in cases of rape or incest and authorizes prison senten

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

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Football has always been a violent game, but when three African-American men were severely injured while playing for Iowa schools in the first half of the 20th century, racism entered the debate. Talent on the gridiron combined with race is the focus of a Tuesday presentat

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

The largest single-year increase of anti-Semitic incidents was recorded in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. (jta.org)

AMES, Iowa – In the wake of the shooting deaths of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, faith leaders are speaking out about Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, known for endorsing Nazi sympathizers and tweeting white nationalist rhetoric. Letters have been sent to the state's newspapers signed

Alexis Ostlund, a homeless woman, was chased off by Des Moines police for panhandling outside a local coffee shop. (aclu-Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is among 12 states targeted for its panhandling ordinances by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the ACLU. Those organizations and more than a dozen others are demanding Iowa cities repeal laws that prohibit panhandlers from asking people on the s

Iowa has eight prisons to house male inmates at various security risks and one to house female inmates. (ispr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa activists will protest outside the Iowa Prison Industries office in Des Moines today in solidarity with the prison strike planned in at least 17 states. The prison strike is planned to run through September 9, the date of the 1971 Attica prison uprising in New York th

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