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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - IA: Health Issues

Military leaders say in the last decade, it's been harder to recruit soldiers, due to health declines and rising weight among the nationís youth. (Joenomias/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa educators and the American Heart Association say poor childhood health - including obesity rates - has reached a critical level that's impacting far more than just the individuals whose health is at risk. Brian Rhoads, a physical education curriculum leader with West

Pain killers are routinely prescribed following surgeries, which can lead to addiction. (Sasin Tipchai/Pixabay.)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Substance-abuse prevention and treatment experts are responding with optimism to President Trump's public-health emergency declaration regarding the nation's opioid epidemic. Jessica Nickel, president, and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, says the declaration is an impor

The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968. (Quinn Kampschroer/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In Iowa and across the nation, Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated with events commemorating the contributions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. But there's als

DMACC charges $150 per credit hour for nurses' training, while the University of Iowa's rate is $397. (suyizailushang/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The nursing shortage in Iowa and across the country is getting the full attention of two educational institutions: Des Moines Area Community College and the University of Iowa. In an agreement announced this week, prospective nurses can take their first three years of schooling

It's not uncommon for family caregivers to shoulder the dual responsibility of caring for a loved one and maintaining full-time employment outside the home. (Dirk Schumacher/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Legislation intended to recognize and bolster the important work of family caregivers is making progress in Congress – and Iowans are watching it closely. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which stands for recognize, assist, include and support, is headed for the U.S.

Mental-health advocates are pleading with state lawmakers to address Iowa's lack of supports for those with severe mental illnesses. (Alan Stanley/Pixabay)

URBANDALE, Iowa – An obituary for an Iowa boy who took his own life is a heartbreaking call for attention to the state's lack of mental-health services. Mary Neubauer of Urbandale wrote it after finding her 18-year-old son Sergei dead this week. She and her husband fought for years to get th

Core benefits of hawk-i include checkups, immunizations, dental care and eyeglasses. (Semevent/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A federal program that funds health coverage for more than 83,000 Iowa children will run out of money at the end of the month, but there's reason to be hopeful. Earlier this week, the Senate Finance Committee reached agreement on a plan to protect the Children's Health Insur

More than 30,000 Texans have sought refuge in shelters like this one. (Red Cross)

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the most common questions asked amid natural disasters like Houston's Hurricane Harvey is, "How can we help?" Mark Tauscheck, a communications officer for the Red Cross in Iowa, says that question could be the tagline for his organization, which trains hundreds of p

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