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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - IA: Consumer

Iowa is a major wind-power provider, but ranks 29th among U.S. states for solar investment, despite solar rooftops' ability to provide 20% of all electricity used in the state. (cfra.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Rural electric cooperatives serve more than 40 million people, including 650,000 in Iowa, and a new report says many co-ops could save their customers money by retiring existing coal plants in favor of renewable-energy sources. The report was authored by the Center for Rural Affa

Only 1-in-10 U.S. adults gets enough fruits or vegetables, with men, young adults and people living in poverty consuming the least.(localharvest.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A new study shows incentive programs such as Iowa's "Double Up Food Bucks" boost healthy eating among low-income residents enrolled in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Iowa is a top food-producing state, but ranks almost last when it comes to fruit and ve

The high cost of health care is believed to be one reason the rate of U.S. residents age 65 and older filing for bankruptcy increased more than 200% from 1991 to 2016. (aarp.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, according to AARP, which says it's time for Americans to demand that pharmaceutical companies stop deflecting blame and reduce prices. The AARP message is part of the "Stop Rx Greed" campaign aimed at lowerin

Charles City, Iowa's second livable community as defined by AARP, is home to a vintage movie house with nightly film screenings.(cinematreasures.org)

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Charles City is working to become a "livable community" – a place where extra attention is paid to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Progress on that front will be showcased this Saturday when A

A bill to hold less-than-reputable dog breeders accountable in Iowa did not survive the 2016 legislative session. (Free-Photos/Pixaby)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In recent months, two Iowa communities have been asked to consider ordinances that would ban the purchase of commercially-raised dogs. The move followed the "Horrible Hundred" report by the Humane Society of the United States, that identified Iowa as the number two state for

There are almost 50,000 Transportation Security Administration workers at more than 450 locations nationwide. (Transportation Security Administration)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A former kindergarten teacher decided to change careers and pursue airport security work. Now, she's the first graduate of an online credit program offered by Des Moines Area Community College and the Transportation Security Administration. A 35-year-old non-traditional

Iowa's Ebonie Bailey used Waterloo's MercyOne Medical Center for the birth of her child and post-delivery contraception before the Catholic-affiliated hospital announced a crackdown on reproductive health care services based on Roman Catholic directives. (Courtesy: Ebonie Bailey)

WATERLOO, Iowa – A Catholic hospital in Iowa that offered contraception for decades has halted those services after Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels decided it was time to more strictly adhere to directives from the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops. Since April 1, MercyOne Medical Cente

Future Ready Iowa, an initiative to build Iowa’s employment talent pipeline, promotes services to help people with disabilities prepare for, get and keep jobs and advance in their workplaces. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With only a few weeks remaining in this year's legislative session, Iowans with disabilities and their families aim to remind lawmakers to seek their input before passing new laws that could affect them. Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities C

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