PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 

The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 

Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Public News Service - IA: Poverty

PHOTO: More and more children across Iowa and the U-S are expected to gain dental care, as it is an essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is the most common chronic childhood disease, but across Iowa and the nation there are new requirements that could help take a bite out of kids' tooth decay. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must

PHOTO: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Des Moines Area Community College in 2012 for a town hall on increasing graduation rates. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Education

DES MOINES, Iowa - Americans have, on average, more years of higher education than ever, but with significant gaps among races. Efforts in Iowa aim to close that inequality, with future economic vitality on the line. The latest figures show that nearly one-third of adults age 25 and older have compl

PHOTO: With the U.S. Tax Code of more than 70,000 pages and growing every year, the AARP Foundation is again offering its Tax-Aide program at more than 60 sites across Iowa. Photo Credit: Philip Taylor

DES MOINES, Iowa - For those already starting to feel the stress of tax time, free help now is being offered at dozens of locations across Iowa, focused on low-income and older residents. The assistance is provided by the AARP Foundation through more than 250 expert volunteers, according to Elmer Ne

PHOTO: The gap in this country between rich and poor is expected to be a focal point tonight (Tues.) as President Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

DES MOINES, Iowa - President Obama gives his State of the Union speech tonight, and part of the address is expected to focus on income inequality. The gap between the richest Americans and the poorest is now greater than in any other industrialized country. Locally, according to Arlene McAtee, execu

PHOTO: Community colleges across Iowa are working with local businesses to help set up fast-tracked courses that help close the gap between applicants' job skills versus those required by employers. Photo credit: Sara Chicad

DES MOINES, Iowa - A new focus at community colleges across Iowa is trying to bridge the gap between the skills of job-seekers and the skills needed by employers - and the goal is a quick turnaround. Mike Hoffman, executive director of continuing eduction at Des Moines Area Community College, said

PHOTO: The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Iowa City provides a free place to stay for those traveling to the area for treatment. Courtesy ACS

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For those from across the state who have to travel to Iowa City for cancer treatment, it truly is like a home away from home. The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge is a place where out-of-town patients and their caregivers can stay at no charge while receiving treatment.

PHOTO: For children in Iowa and across the country to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas like education and health in their first eight years. Photo credit: Aaron McIntyre

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is a window of time that can see a child set on a path to success in school and life, and a new report says that's why it's so critical to invest in their first eight years. According to Mike Crawford, KIDS Count coordinator in Iowa, improving access to high-quality education i

PHOTO: National AARP President Rob Romasco speaking at the Kroc Center in Omaha. Courtesy AARP Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is the smallest increase for Social Security recipients in Iowa in decades, but it could be worse. The government has announced that Social Security benefits will go up next year by just 1.5 percent. According to national AARP President Rob Romasco, that's the smallest increa

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