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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - IA: Family/Father Issues

An estimated 81 percent of Iowa families would face economic hardship if they needed to take time off work to care for a newborn, themselves or another family member. (ca.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa — On the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for a mandatory, national family-leave policy say eight in ten Iowa families face economic insecurity when they need time off work to care for themselves or a family member. Federal law requires that bu

Just over 3,000 homeless people were counted during the 2016 Point-in-Time Count in Iowa. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteers in communities across Iowa will undertake the daunting task Wednesday of counting the number of people they can find without permanent homes. The annual Point-in-Time Count is required for communities that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur

Iowa retailers are selling clothing tax-free today and Saturday to help reduce back-to-school shopping costs. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - To help with back-to-school shopping, stores in Iowa aren't charging sales tax today or tomorrow on select clothing items and shoes. That's a six to seven-percent savings, depending on where you live in the state. Jennifer Wolf is a single parenting expert who writes for the web

Even though school is out, budgeting and planning for programs making walking to school safer are now in the works. (HealthierIowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Transportation Improvement Program's five-year plan recently released by the Iowa Department of Transportation includes nearly $1.2 billion of much-needed funding for aviation, railway and roadway projects for fiscal year 2017. However, just a tiny fraction of that goes to cre

In order to keep traffic fatalities down, additional Iowa State Police officers will be on the roads in this weekend leading up to Monday's July 4th celebrations. (dps.state.ia.us)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The latest numbers show 174 people have died in traffic accidents so far during 2016 in Iowa. Trooper Vince Kurtz, a public resource officer with the Iowa State Police, calls it an unfortunate rise. "Right now, we're looking at a very steep increase from last year at this t

The multi-religious group Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is bringing together farmers, religious leaders and climate change experts to work on finding solutions (IowaIPL.org)

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- Climate change and the conversation about solutions to it are being taken up by people of faith in Iowa, especially farmers, who are hit particularly hard by floods, droughts and other climate events. "All major faith traditions have something to say about caring for the Earth,

Talented young writers from across the globe converge this weekend for the Iowa Young Writers' Workshop. (IowaYoungWritersStudio.org)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Writers from all over the U.S. and the world converge at the University of Iowa this weekend for the annual Iowa Young Writers' Studio. The program has developed an international reputation over more than a decade. Studio director Stephen Lovely says it draws dozens of talented y

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as

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