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PNS Daily Newscast - October 16, 2018 


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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

Immigrants, most of them from Mexico, make up 5 percent of Iowa's population. (portside.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) will host three meetings this week to inform residents how to counter the state's new anti-sanctuary law that takes effect July 1. Under the law, a city or county government would lose state funding if it failed to enforce fe

A lawsuit has been filed to stop Iowa's newest anti-abortion law from taking effect on July 1.  (plannedparenthoodaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Calling the Iowa "fetal heartbeat" abortion law "beyond extreme," three groups filed suit on Tuesday to stop its implementation. Planned Parenthood, its Iowa chapter and the American Civil Liberties Union Iowa branch said the law passed by Iowa legislators and signed by the

Iowa family planning advocates say legislation passed to restrict abortion is turning the state into a

DES MOINES, Iowa – A legal challenge is expected ahead of July 1, when Iowa is set to enforce the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Following approval from Iowa Senate Republicans last week, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the so-called fetal heartbeat bill on Friday. The Iowa law woul

Iowa Republicans admit they hope the U.S. Supreme Court will be forced to take up a bill they passed Wednesday making the state's abortion law the most restrictive in the country. (itrl.idr.iowa.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is a signature away from the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Republican lawmakers, who control the Iowa statehouse, passed a bill Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically around six weeks of pregnancy.

Eighteen state groups including the Iowa Police Chiefs Association have registered their opposition to the so-called sanctuary cities bill. (aclu-ia-org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A rally is planned at the Iowa state Capitol tomorrow to urge lawmakers to reject legislation that would strip so-called sanctuary cities of state funds and boost enforcement of federal immigration laws. Senate File 481 was introduced by Rep. Steve Holt in response to a re

African-Americans make up 3.5 percent of Iowa's population, but accounted for 18 percent of people convicted for first time possession of marijuana in 2016. (Derek Goulet/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Supporters of a bill that would reduce the penalties for first time marijuana possession say it would save Iowans money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Iowa's first offense penalty for even a single marijuana join

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