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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 


President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.


2020Talks - September 24, 2020 


A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Public News Service - IA: Energy Policy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Iowa's wind turbines generated 42% of the state's electricity in 2019, the highest wind-power share for any state. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The wind-energy industry has a strong presence in states such as Iowa. But for more projects to move forward, a new report says local governments and developers need to be diligent in sorting out zoning issues. Iowa is among the top ten states for renewable energy from wind farm

According to one trade group, Iowa has more than 9,000 wind-energy jobs. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Renewable energy is among the many industries seeing major disruptions during the pandemic. Observers say that's troubling news for states such as Iowa as a national leader in producing wind energy. Last year, Iowa joined Kansas as the first states to have wind power become a to

More than 500 miles of levees on three Midwestern rivers and other tributaries experienced significant flood damage this year. (iowafloodcenter.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa are fielding lots of questions about how they plan to address climate change. Climate scientists attribute the burning of fossil fuels to global warming, which in turn causes extreme weather events such as the spring fl

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

Iowa's State Water Plan, which looked at supply, demand and protection of the state's water resources, has not been updated since 1985. (iowawatershedapproach.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans are being asked to use last month's catastrophic flooding as leverage to renew conversations about prevention and state water quality, since climate-change experts warn such incidents will become more frequent. Flooding in 2008 led state lawmakers to create the Iowa

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to undo rules that govern mercury and other toxic emissions, even while its own research shows the standards prevent 130,000 asthma attacks each year. (keckmedicine.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Exposure to mercury can negatively affect child development, including unborn children, and that's one reason critics are speaking up about an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to roll back regulations on mercury and other toxins. By the EPA's own estimate, the Mercury and

Opponents of a bill in the Iowa Legislature say it would make privately owned solar-power generation by homeowners, farmers and small businesses much less economically viable. (skeeze/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's largest investor-owned utility wants to make owners of private solar power systems pay more for generating their own electricity, while opponents warn that could cause Iowa to lose its standing as a leader in promoting renewables. House Study Bill 185 would add a ye

Anita Christensen of Iowa, left, was among a group of 10 moms who visited Capitol Hill in Washington last week to oppose Andrew Wheeler's confirmation as E-P-A administrator. (partnership project)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Environmental advocate Anita Christensen traveled from Indianola to Washington last week, hoping to convince Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa that former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is the wrong person to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. As acting chief, Wheeler opened th

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