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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Ospreys are being reintroduced in Iowa, thanks to joint efforts with naturalists in Minnesota. (IowaDNR.org)

BOONE, Iowa – The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers. Close to a half-dozen 40-day-old osprey chicks will be introduced at sites in Clear Lake and Swan Lake this week. They were collected from nests in

Ant-sized parasitic wasps are helping reduce emerald ash borers threatening millions of trees throughout Iowa. (Katja Schulz/Wikimedia Commons)

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has introduced tiny, parasitic wasps to combat the invasive emerald ash borer as it continues to threaten the more than 50 million ash trees in the state. The emerald ash borer has appeared in one-third of the counties in I

A monarch butterfly feeds on flowers of the Swamp Milkweed. In Iowa, ISU is doing research to reintroduce milkweed, the only plant where monarchs will lay eggs. (DRamsey/Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - While the dwindling monarch butterfly population is showing signs of bouncing back, it still is in need of help in Iowa. The monarch caterpillar's favorite food is milkweed, which once grew in abundance in Iowa and other Midwestern states, sometimes hurting corn crop yields. Herb

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

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do

PHOTO: The emerald ash borer leaves an emergence hole that's shaped like the letter

DES MOINES, Iowa - With winter starting to lessen its grip on Iowa and more people venturing outside, there's a reminder that all 99 counties are now under restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the emerald ash borer, an exotic insect which kills valuable ash trees. The quarantine was issued by

PHOTO: A hog operation in southeast Iowa has been fined $10,000 and ordered to make repairs after a November manure spill into a tributary of the Des Moines River. Photo Credit: Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the state's largest hog operations is being fined for the spill of manure into a tributary of the Des Moines River. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined The Maschhoffs $10,000 and ordered updates to equipment after the incident last fall. In its ruli

PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program is open for new enrollments for 2014 and it's a program with which more and more Iowa farmers are finding success. CREDIT: Carl Wycoff

BOONE, Iowa – The annual enrollment for the Conservation Stewardship Program is under way. And it’s an effort that's finding success in Iowa. Under CSP, incentives are provided to farmers to strengthen water quality, protect wildlife habitat and enhance soil quality. Jeremy Gustafson

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