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PNS Daily Newscast - July 15, 2019 


AOC, Trump battle on Twitter over being native born. Also on our Monday rundown: Democratic hopefuls share views in five Iowa cities. Plus, efforts to control stormwater pollution are paying off for Puget Sound.

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Public News Service - IA: Energy Policy

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

The cost of gasoline in Iowa averages $2.79 per gallon this summer, which is 53 cents higher than one year ago. (registration.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Environmental Protection Agency, a new acting administrator takes over for Scott Pruitt today. But big regulatory rollbacks that Pruitt set in motion - including vehicle mileage standards - are still a major concern for environmental groups and others. The Obama-era

The quest for energy efficiency employs approximately 2 million Americans. (Nick Youngson/Alpha Stock Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's investor-owned utilities have until Monday to submit five-year energy-efficiency plans to be approved by the Iowa Utilities Board no later than March of next year. The plans are necessary after Iowa lawmakers approved legislation to limit how much utilities can spen

About 3,000 people attended the 2017 March for Science in Des Moines last April. (sciencemag.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's primary election is less than two months away, and organizers of tomorrow's second annual "March for Science" have asked gubernatorial candidates and others to attend and share their beliefs about science with potential constituents. Multiple candidates are running

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