PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - IA: Health Issues

Iowa ranks 17th in the nation for stroke mortality. (pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa legislators will hear a bill Tuesday that would create a designation system showing which hospitals and care centers in the state are best equipped to deal with stroke patients. Since 2000, strokes reported among those ages 20-45 have increased by 44 percent. Aaron Si

Journalistic exposés of cruelty or unsafe practices in Iowa's animal agriculture industry were stymied by passage of the state's

DES MOINES, Iowa - Opponents of Iowa's "ag-gag" law are awaiting a court date for a trial they hope will provide a similar result to what has happened in other states. Last week, a federal judge denied the state's motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ag-gag l

Iowa now has 10,000, hog confinements compared with 722 in 2001. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. In 2017, Iowa's Department of Natural Resources approved 450 new or expanded hog factories. Jess Mazour

Every day, 317,000 Iowans provide care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones who need help. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa Senate committee hears a bill Wednesday that would ensure family caregivers have training to perform some types of medical needs when their loved ones are discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would all

A regional blood center official says donating a single pint of blood can save the lives of as many as three hospital patients. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – The weather and widespread flu outbreaks have created a shortage of blood supplies in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. LifeServe, a non-profit community blood center that serves the region, says December and January are typically the worst months for blood donations. But

Military leaders say in the last decade, it's been harder to recruit soldiers, due to health declines and rising weight among the nation’s youth. (Expert Infantry/Flickr)

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

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