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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - IA: Gun Violence Prevention

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

Americans ages 18 to 29 have had the lowest voter turnout rate of any age group in every election since 1986. (now.tufts.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer understands that voting isn't ingrained in young people the way it is in older adults – that's why he signed a Mayor's Pledge to make voter registration as easy as possible. Greer is one of several Iowa mayors supporting a nationwide init

High school students participating in the

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Survivors of February's deadly school shooting in Florida took their message for stricter gun-control measures to a conservative corner of Iowa this week, on a bus tour through the Midwest. During tour stops in Omaha and Sioux City, speakers shared how the shooting at Ma

A new Iowa law expands the state’s stand-your-ground provision, but people who have to enforce it say it's too vague. (Jabba/Pixabay)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Iowans no longer have to retreat in a public place before using deadly force - that's the result of a new gun law that took effect in the state this month. But it's creating an abundance of concern and confusion. Sheriff Dave Drew of Woodbury County says he'll continue to

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

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do

Des Moines, IA – With a growing number of high-profile acts of violence at colleges around the country, many Iowa campuses are taking additional measures to protect students and faculty. Ned Miller, security chief for the Des Moines Area Community College, says such events demand vigilance.

Des Moines, IA – October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," and it comes just in time to raise awareness of the fact that, for Iowa victims, there's not enough help to go around. In the last dozen years, 23,000 Iowans have sought assistance from the network of shelters around the state.

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