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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - IA: Disabilities

Iowans with and without developmental disabilities are encouraged to share their experiences living together in the community. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, Iowans impacted by a developmental disability are encouraged to speak up about the challenges they face. Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says more than 47,000 pe

In 2014, more than 48,000 Iowans from ages 18 to 64 with a disability were employed full-time. (Flazingo Photos/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa shines as a state making strides in helping people with disabilities find work. According to the latest federal data, Iowa ranks third among states in terms of the best places for people with disabilities to get jobs, up from seventh place in recent years. However, Becky Har

Iowans with autism and potential employers are meeting up in West Des Moines today. (AutismIA.com)

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 pin down exactly how many are available for jobs, because once they leave school, they're no longer tracked by the state, although it's estimated to b

Iowans with disabilities are being encouraged to register to vote this week, during National Disability Voter Registration Week. (IDaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - To improve voter turnout among people with disabilities, the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says people should get registered now, during National Disability Voter Registration Week. The voter turnout rate in the 2012 presidential election was more than 6 percent lower a

Special Olympics Iowa athletes, volunteers, coaches and spectators have converged on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. (SpecialOlympicsIowa.org)

AMES, Iowa - More than 2,600 athletes - plus their friends, families and thousands of spectators - are converging in Ames this weekend for the Special Olympics' Iowa Summer Games. The opening-ceremony crowd Thursday night filled Hilton Coliseum. While the competitions are a main focus of the weeken

Devin Lile works in the lab at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. (Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa ranks third overall in the nation for helping people with disabilities get jobs and job training. But for one age group, there's more to be done in that regard. The latest national report from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire says Iowa

LifeServe Blood Center is requiring donors to defer blood donation for 28 days after returning from countries that have experienced cases of Zika virus. (facebook.com/pages/LifeServe-Blood-Center)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman who traveled to Central America is Iowa's first confirmed victim of Zika virus, one of 82 reported nationwide. The disease, which is transmitted through contact with mosquitoes, has no known treatment. LifeServe Blood Center is now prohibiting donors from giving blood

While many Iowans support expanding sale and use of fireworks in the state, one veterans group opposes the move. (morguefile.com/duboix)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Senate File 508 would allow Iowa residents to possess and use fireworks, such as firecrackers and Roman candles. Currently, only novelty items such as sparklers are legal in the state. The bill passed a Senate committee last week, but one group says the effort poses a threat to

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