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The Trump administration issues talking points challenging health expert Fauci; Latinos challenge voting system in Washington State.

2020Talks - July 14, 2020 


Maine has its statewide primaries today; Texas and Alabama have primary runoffs. And lawsuits abound against the White House's new ICE rule, threatening to deport international students taking only online courses.

Public News Service - IA: Civil Rights

Although recent anti-abortion laws in Iowa have been struck down by the courts, legal observers note that four conservative-leaning justices have been added to the state Supreme Court since 2018. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The issue of whether to restrict abortions has flared up again in Iowa. This week, a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Iowa's new law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The bill was passed with GOP support just before the Legislature adjourned - an

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

Iowa's caucuses are not only under fire for delay issues, but for accessibility issues as well. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's prominent role in the presidential nominating process is now being questioned after this week's delays and technical issues. The American Civil Liberties Union says no matter what happens in the future, more Iowans need access to the process. Iowa has long held one of

The 2018 farm bill increased the payment level for practices such as cover crops, advanced grazing management and resource-conserving crop rotations. (iowabeefcenter.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers who want to weigh-in on changes to the nation's Conservation Stewardship Program have five weeks to submit comments to the United States Department of Agriculture. CSP offers farmers five-year paid contracts on working lands in an effort to control soil erosion, im

As Florida prepares for another hurricane, a majority of registered voters nationwide say climate change is an emergency, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. (12019/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A hurricane bearing down on Florida and massive fires in the Amazon rainforest are stark reminders about the changing climate, but a new poll shows party affiliation plays a large role in whether Americans think climate change is an emergency. Quinnipiac University Polling

Voter turnout among people with disabilities surpassed all other minority populations for the record-breaking 2018 midterm elections, according to a Rutgers University study. (futurity.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don't vote. About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disabili

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

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