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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - IA: Environmental Justice

Iowa has more than 10,000 factory farms, up from fewer than 800 in 2001. (agnormark/Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Advocates for family farms, rural neighborhoods and the environment are asking Iowa lawmakers to find a more equitable balance between the interests of factory farms and of the communities they're in. Research has shown higher levels of nitrates and phosphorus in the water, as w

Environmental groups say the United States needs to recover from and reverse policy decisions under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, or the nation could see more devastating storms such as the derecho that struck Iowa last year. (Adobe Stock)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - As calls grow for President Donald Trump's removal from office over the Capitol riot, other groups say his environmental policies have put the country in peril in a different way. The current urgency from House Democrats is focused on the 25th Amendment or a second impeachment, b

The Bakken Oil Pipeline project still awaits construction approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Wikimedia Commons)

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Groups opposing the Bakken Pipeline say despite the latest push to start construction this week, the fight in Iowa is far from finished. Conservation and community groups claim the pipeline would pose environmental risks and hamper progress for renewable energy in the Midwest.

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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

IMAGE: The competition is under way as about 500 campuses nationwide take part in RecycleMania, with victories coming by reducing, reusing and recycling. Image credit: RecycleMania

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Hawkeyes could have a real shot at the Big Ten title this year, but the competition includes all students and staff, not just athletes. The University of Iowa is among the roughly 500 campuses nationwide taking part in RecycleMania. It's an eight-week long competition

PHOTO: The level of nitrates in some Iowa sources of drinking water hit record highs this past summer, but provisions in the pending Farm Bill, like Sodsaver and Conservation Compliance, could help mitigate the program. CREDIT: Joe Cheng

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DES MOINES, Iowa - There is a growing problem with nutrients in drinking water sources in Iowa, but there are hopes that some solutions will flow out of the Farm Bill under debate in Congress. According to Linda Kinman, public policy analyst for Des Moines Water Works, there's been an increase in

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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Iowans in the eastern part of the state have known for years that there are air quality problems, and a recent report from the state Department of Natural Resources makes it clear there's a serious problem because levels of sulfur dioxide are sometimes too high for public safety.

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Torrential rains this year have already made 2010 the second-wettest summer in Iowa in 130 years of record keeping. The downpours have caused massive soil erosion and run-off, and made it next to impossible for many Iowa farmers to put in a crop or maintain it. How to deal with

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