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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - IA: Youth

Smoking only about one cigarette per day carries a risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke, according to the British Medical Journal. (kevsphotos/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than 20 new cases of illness linked to vaping have been reported in Iowa in the past month, and experts warn e-cigarettes should be avoided until more research is done into their health impacts. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 22% of Iowa 11th-grader

Children aged 6 to 17 years old should do 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, according to guidelines from the federal government. (skeeze/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa schools are introducing new physical education standards this school year that provide teachers with a framework to strengthen instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade. Stacy Frelund, government relations director for the American Heart Association of Iowa, sa

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has called the rising student loan debt, which as tripled since 2007, a

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has a unique problem – it's the only region in the country where job openings outnumber unemployed job seekers. Advocates of community college say they could help fill that gap if more students considered a two-year degree. The Iowa governor's "Future Ready Iowa

Foster homes provide temporary care for children who are unable to remain in their own homes. (chw.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's foster children who lose their support systems at age 18 often struggle with long-term success as adults, according to a new report. The report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a first-of-its-kind data brief that shows why older youths and teens benefit from ex

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

More than 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, according to a 2016 Journal of Pediatrics study. (pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity for school-aged children. But most Iowa kids aren't meeting that goal. That one hour of activity is known to help keep weight off and improve kids' mental and emotional health - which in turn c

Military leaders say in the last decade, it's been harder to recruit soldiers, due to health declines and rising weight among the nationís youth. (Expert Infantry/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa educators and the American Heart Association say poor childhood health - including obesity rates - has reached a critical level that's impacting far more than just the individuals whose health is at risk. Brian Rhoads, a physical education curriculum leader with West

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