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PNS Daily Newscast - July 17, 2018 


Trump says he is not buying U.S. intelligence as he meets with Putin. Also on the rundown: as harvest nears farmers speak out on tariffs; immigrant advocates say families should not be kept in cages; and a call for a deeper dive to the Lake Erie algae troubles.

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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

When insurance provider Medica signaled it was likely to leave the Iowa individual health insurance market, the state was put in a tough position.(Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A stopgap insurance plan presented this week to federal officials by Iowa's insurance commissioner needs to be re-worked to better protect low-income and older Iowans, according to the Child & Family Policy Center. Mary Nelle Trefz, a health policy associate with the cente

Physical-education teachers note that P.E. is about more than kicking a ball; it's about teaching children healthy lifestyle choices they'll carry with them into adulthood. (Ben Landers/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Physical-education teachers in Iowa are saying enough is enough. The latest draft of Iowa's education plan - released Wednesday - doesn't address PE coursework. Critics say school funding for physical education began dropping about six years ago. The initial drop was an un

Rates of prescription drug deaths in Iowa since 1999 have quadrupled, according to the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. (US Dept. Health & Human Services)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump is vowing to take a law and order approach to combating the nation's worsening opioid epidemic. But mental health experts say that strategy ignores key truths about the problem. In comments this week, the president told reporters, "Strong law enfor

Cyber attacks can expose personal information of millions of people or shut down entire organization systems. (Joffi/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The growing number and severity of cyber attacks is prompting state officials to try to identify and train the next cyber workforce from among Iowa high school students. Iowa has entered a cyber training partnership with the

Zac Easter, No. 44, suffered three concussions in a two-month period during his senior year of high school. (CTE Hope)

INDIANOLA, Iowa - Ninety-nine percent of former National Football League players whose brains were studied suffered from the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, according to just-released research. The finding doesn't surprise Brenda Easter of Indianola. Her son

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