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: Animal Welfare

A dozen eggs from cage-free chickens typically cost at least a dollar more than conventional eggs. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Center for Food Safety and Mercy for Animals are calling on Iowa's governor to veto a controversial bill passed by the state Legislature that could make some retailers sell battery-caged eggs whether they want to or not. The law could require grocery stores to sell con

Journalistic exposÚs 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

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

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

Robotic milking systems are leading to happier, healthier cows. (

WILTON, Iowa - When cows can milk when they want to instead of when farmers get around to it, they're happier and healthier. Voluntary robotic milking systems are popping up at farms in Iowa, especially in smaller operations like Blue Knoll farms in Wilton where Laura Jones is dairy manager. She sai

If it feels too hot for a human, it's even worse for pets and could be fatal with heat indexes heading upward. (Animal Rescue League of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- While the dangers of heat stroke and other hazards are high for humans in hot weather, it can be even worse for our pets. "What's really dangerous about weather like this,” said Josh Colvin, animal control services manager with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, “[is

Farmers will gather in six meetings around the state this month to help share solutions to common problems and develop long-term policy. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa - In order to build strong rural communities and farm families, Iowa farmers need to work together to solve common issues of interest. A series of six roundtable discussions and conversations in March is designed to help them do just that. Stephanie Enloe, Rural Policy Program Ass

The boom in beekeeping prompted one Iowa bee enthusiast to create a new website to keep track of local laws on the topic. (Iowa Agriculture and Land Stewardship Office)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - When Julia McGuire of West Des Moines started keeping bees five years ago, she began connecting with others on the Internet for help. She quickly found the number one question was whether it was legal to keep bees in a certain city, which ultimately led her to create a search

PHOTO: The number of farms in Iowa continues its downward trend; the USDA reports another 500 were lost from 2013 to 2014, but the state has an enthusiastic crop of beginning farmers. Photo courtesy of Lucky George Farm.

DERBY, Iowa - The latest figures show the number of farms in Iowa continues to fall, but that isn't slowing down a new crop of beginning farmers looking to reverse the trend. About two years ago, Angela Johnson, co-owner of Lucky George Farm, and her husband quit their corporate jobs, cashed out a

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