PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 

Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 

During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - IA: Environmental Justice

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

AMES, Iowa - Most Iowa farmers raise corn and soybeans, but if just a few switched over to raising fruits and vegetables, according to a new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in the upper Midwest, more than 600 of

DES MOINES, Iowa - A task force focused on water quality more than a thousand miles from Iowa is meeting in the Des Moines area this week to talk about what is being done to reduce the state's role in the pollution. The Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force is investigating how to lessen fertilizer and

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