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PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2019 


The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship – we have a pair of reports. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: a look at how poor pay and benefits can threaten the success of preschoolers. And, the Nevada Assembly votes to restore felon’s voting rights.

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Public News Service - IA: Energy Policy

Iowa already leads the nation in electricity generation from wind, with the goal of reaching 40 percent of total energy production in less than five years. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa generates nearly 30 percent of its electricity from wind, far more than any other state. The goal is to increase that to 40 percent by 2020. Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, said developing the industry is a benefit for the state's other economic-development

The holidays generate 25 percent more waste than other times of the year, much of which can be recycled. (jackietrains/morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the most wonderful time of the year, but according to Trish Radke, program coordinator of the Metro Waste Authority, it's also the most wasteful. "We actually produce 25 percent more waste during the holidays than any other time of the year," she says. "Reducing your impact

According to the Center for Rural Affairs, the process of permitting new wind energy projects could be streamlined with a single source of approval. Credit: axnjax.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is already among the nation's leaders in wind energy, but a new report points to changes that the state could make to turn what can still sometimes be a stormy process for new operations into much more of a breeze. The study is from the Center for Rural Affairs. Energy and

A pair of reports suggest that the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will mean lower electricity bills for Iowa families. Credit: Kameleon007.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for Iowa consumers. One report that looks at the economics of the Clean Power Plan is from Synapse Energy

Opponents of the proposed Bakken oil pipeline says it would put the state's soil, waterways and communities at risk. Credit: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the stat

PHOTO: With an increasing number of Iowans impacted by energy transmission projects, new research points to key strategies for landowners in cases that may involve eminent domain. Photo credit: Western Area Power/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the changing landscape of energy transmission in Iowa often comes the contentious use of eminent domain, but new research says the shortcomings can and must be addressed because a growing number of the population is being impacted. Johnathan Hladik, a senior policy advocate

PHOTO: The wind energy industry employs around 6,000 Iowans, and electricity rates in the state are lower than the national average, according to a new report. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The move to more renewable sources of energy is proving to be a breeze locally, with a new study showing that Iowa leads the nation for wind power. Mike Prior is executive director of Iowa Wind Energy Association, which issued the report. He says more than 28 percent of th

PHOTO: Last week marked the 100th day of the 114th Congress, and it came with a briefing by conservation and environmental groups that said America's lands, water and wildlife are in peril from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the 114th Congress moves toward its 114th day, a briefing from conservation and environmental groups is giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues a failing grade thus far on lands, water, wildlife and climate action. Debbie Neustadt, an executive committ

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