Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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The American Rescue Plan could provide essential training to boost jobs in construction, and we explore a trauma-informed approach to preventing marijuana use in teens.

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Pfizer says its vaccine is safe for children ages 5 to 11, travel restrictions soon will ease for vaccinated international visitors to the U.S., and a Texas doctor who performed an abortion under new restrictions is sued.

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Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Bob Kessler


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Iowa Improves on Offering "Smart Snacks" in Schools

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Iowa's Sustainable Ag Needs Support Beyond Farmers Markets

ANKENY, Iowa — More and more farmers markets are operating in Iowa and for many farmers, it's become a significant portion of their income…


Iowa Employers Can Benefit by Hiring People with Autism

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - About 8,000 Iowans have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their advocates say it's hard to …

Could Iowa Clean Water Rule Changes Increase Pollution?

DES MOINES, Iowa – In an emergency vote on Wednesday, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission unanimously approved changes to the state's …


Healthy Food Choices Flourish at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa -- With more than a million visitors expected at the Iowa State Fair, vendors will sell scores of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and ice …

Smarter Back-to-School Spending Tips for Tax-Free Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa - To help with back-to-school shopping, stores in Iowa aren't charging sales tax today or tomorrow on select clothing items and …


Iowans Urged to Quiz Presidential Hopefuls on Social Security

AMES, Iowa — Nearly one-third of people over age 65 in Iowa rely on Social Security as their sole source of income, and more than 60 percent …

Millions Attend Iowa County Fairs, Celebrate Future Farmers

CRESCO, Iowa - More than half of the county fairs in Iowa take place during late July, 19 are underway this weekend alone. County fairs have been …


Increasing Osprey Population Inspiring Iowans to Work for Clean Water

BOONE, Iowa – The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers…

World's Longest, Largest, Oldest Bike Touring Event Remembers Lost Riders

DES MOINES, Iowa - An estimated 20,000 bicyclists will ride all or some of the week-long annual ride across Iowa, which starts Sunday. The route of …


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