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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

Soda consumption, a contributor to obesity and diabetes in the U.S., fell to a 31-year low in 2016, according to Beverage Digest. But sugars and refined starches still make up much of the American diet. (Free-photos/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 have multiple ideas about how to fix the nation's health-care system, but one cardiologist says they should also be addressing what's making people sick. Cardiologist and Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science a

One in three Americans reports not taking a prescribed medication because of the cost. (aarp.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Advocates for Americans 50 and older want Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year to stop the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Anthony Carroll, associate state director for advocacy for AARP Iowa, says he heard many disturbing accounts from senior

In 2018, the average weekly unemployment benefit paid to Iowa workers was $385.19. (useche70/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Trump administration has approved a new regulation allowing states to include drug testing as a condition for anyone receiving unemployment benefits. Generally, workers can collect unemployment if they've lost their jobs by no fault of their own and meet other eligibili

A new poll from Iowa State University shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the top choice of 24% of likely Iowa caucus-goers. (peoplesaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Four Democratic presidential candidates have been confirmed for The People's Presidential Forum in Des Moines this weekend. The forum is sponsored by the Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. State Policy Organizing Director Adam Mason says because most Iowans ha

Some Iowa farmers are diversifying operations by growing chestnut trees, finding a strong market demand and a high profit potential per acre. (chestnutfestival.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – For generations, Iowa's predictable weather has allowed farmers to specialize in two crops – corn and soybeans. But climate change has many farmers exploring alternative crops, including chestnuts and other nut-producing trees. Mark Rasmussen, director of the Leopo

The 2019 Iowa State Fair, which continues through Sunday, is on pace for record attendance that heard speeches from a record field of Democratic Party presidential candidates. (C-span.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa State Fair drew nearly two dozen Democratic Party presidential candidates, but the founder of an Iowa Democratic online news site says there was no clear favorite. Pat Rynard, who started Iowa Starting Line in 2015, says candidates who attended the fair were payin

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DES MOINES, Iowa – 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year on record at a time when some Iowa farmers still are dealing with extreme spring flooding and five years of falling income. A changing climate also fuels the pressure, but preventive measures are an option for many.

Iowa farmers are coping with low commodity prices and devastating floods, creating concerns about their mental health and well-being due to stress. (Julius Schaaf/grains.org)

By Kelly Page, IowaWatch.org Broadcast version by Roz Brown, Public News Service DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa does not have enough psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists or other mental health care providers to handle an increasing need to care for farmers dealing with relentless flooding this

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