PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Public News Service - IA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Eighteen state groups including the Iowa Police Chiefs Association have registered their opposition to the so-called sanctuary cities bill. (aclu-ia-org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A rally is planned at the Iowa state Capitol tomorrow to urge lawmakers to reject legislation that would strip so-called sanctuary cities of state funds and boost enforcement of federal immigration laws. Senate File 481 was introduced by Rep. Steve Holt in response to a re

African-Americans make up 3.5 percent of Iowa's population, but accounted for 18 percent of people convicted for first time possession of marijuana in 2016. (Derek Goulet/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Supporters of a bill that would reduce the penalties for first time marijuana possession say it would save Iowans money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Iowa's first offense penalty for even a single marijuana join

Racial minorities are a small percentage of the Iowa population, but hate groups apparently have targeted those living in Iowa City. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP is investigating white supremacist literature found in several cities, including the most recent instance in Iowa City. The flyer distributed in an Iowa City neighborhood showed a blonde, white woman under the heading, "Love your race." It included

DES MOINES, Iowa – Born a slave and then orphaned, George Washington Carver faced continual rejection until he found a welcoming home in Iowa, where he earned a college degree and began his groundbreaking work as an inventor and botanist. Des Moines Area Community College is paying tribute to

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

Enforcing the law, or painting Iowa as a racist state? There are two distinct views of House File 265 in the Iowa Legislature. (Iowa CCI Acton Fund)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Opponents of a bill under consideration at the Iowa Statehouse say it would "grease the wheels" for President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants. House File 265 would essentially bar state and local governments, along with public universities, from enacting policies tha

Over 1,200 law professors say as U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., would not promote justice and equality. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hundreds of legal scholars from almost every state, including Iowa, are objecting to the president-elect's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for U.S. Attorney General. More than 1,200 law professors, including Paul Gowder, an associate professor of law at the University of

Thirteen people have died in the Louisiana floods and an estimated 40,000 homes are damaged. Some Iowans are among the relief workers there. (Tink Tracy/Flickr)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Nearly a dozen Iowans are among the hundreds responding to the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Volunteers with the American Red Cross are working in emergency shelters, delivering food, water and relief supplies to the thousands who have been forced out of their homes or are

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