PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 

We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - IA: Early Childhood Education

Summer programs are helping Iowa middle schoolers become interested in STEM to close the state's skills gap. (DMACC)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Economic change has meant more jobs requiring higher levels of skill and education and according to the Iowa Department of Education, there aren't enough people to fill those jobs. A new summer program for kids aims to get middle schoolers excited about STEM, which could close t

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is meant to show kids the value of an education and a balanced work and family life. (

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to insp

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close its Dubuque location and move staff to Cedar Rapids in order to better address patient needs. (Planned Parenthood)

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Planned Parenthood is closing its location in Dubuque not because of a lack of demand there, but because there's more demand in Cedar Rapids. Angie Remington, public relations manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says the change will take place as soon as the building in D

One of the major issues facing the Iowa Legislature again this session is funding for K-12 schools. (cynthia357/morguefile)

WATERLOO, Iowa - Last year's extended legislative session led to a bipartisan consensus to provide one-and-a-quarter percent more money for education, plus a one-time funding boost of nearly $56 million. But Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed the one-time spending, which caused local school districts to sla

PHOTO: More and more children across Iowa and the U-S are expected to gain dental care, as it is an essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is the most common chronic childhood disease, but across Iowa and the nation there are new requirements that could help take a bite out of kids' tooth decay. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must

PHOTO: For children in Iowa and across the country to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas like education and health in their first eight years. Photo credit: Aaron McIntyre

DES MOINES, Iowa - It is a window of time that can see a child set on a path to success in school and life, and a new report says that's why it's so critical to invest in their first eight years. According to Mike Crawford, KIDS Count coordinator in Iowa, improving access to high-quality education i

PHOTO: This fall, a new state initiative kicks off designed to help the parents of children with developmental disabilities close the achievement gap before they get to school. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

DES MOINES, Iowa – Starting in September the Iowa Department of Education is going to provide educators, therapists and others training to help the parents of children who have developmental disabilities. Steve Crew, administrative consultant with the department, says the training will focus

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers in next year's session will be asked to spend $113 million to expand the current voluntary public preschool program for four-year-olds to include as many as 31,000 children. However, the idea of taxpayer-funded preschool has critics, who want to do away with it. S

1 of 2 pages   1 2 >  Last »