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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - IA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Nationally, women are paid on average 20 percent less than men. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – It might break rules of social etiquette to discuss salary and wages, but for Iowa women, it's a conversation worth having. Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the date marking how far into 2017 women have to work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2016. In Iowa, full-time worki

Millions of Americans struggling with mental-health concerns gained access to services because of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Plans to revamp the Affordable Care Act were among President Trump's talking points during last night's address before a joint session of Congress. And one sector of the population stands to be significantly impacted by changes to the health-care law. Peggy Hubbert, the ex

In 2014, more than 48,000 Iowans from ages 18 to 64 with a disability were employed full-time. (Flazingo Photos/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa shines as a state making strides in helping people with disabilities find work. According to the latest federal data, Iowa ranks third among states in terms of the best places for people with disabilities to get jobs, up from seventh place in recent years. However, Becky Har

In the fall of 2015, more than 93,000 students were enrolled at an Iowa community college. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – As they dig into the fall semester, Iowa community college students can take comfort in knowing their education comes from a top-rated community college system. A new study from the online research site WalletHub ranks Iowa 15th among community college systems in the natio

Iowa retailers are selling clothing tax-free today and Saturday to help reduce back-to-school shopping costs. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa - To help with back-to-school shopping, stores in Iowa aren't charging sales tax today or tomorrow on select clothing items and shoes. That's a six to seven-percent savings, depending on where you live in the state. Jennifer Wolf is a single parenting expert who writes for the web

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program is meant to show kids the value of an education and a balanced work and family life. (daughtersandsonstowork.org)

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Girls and boys of all races and economic circumstances in Iowa get a first look at options they might not otherwise consider for their future on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Elesha Gayman is executive director of Women's Connection, a Davenport group that aims to insp

Opponents say a proposed pork-processing factory farm in Mason City would threaten the environment and public health. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With more than 9,000 large-scale "factory farms" already operating in the state, some Iowans are saying "Enough is enough" and fighting back against a proposed facility in north-central Iowa. At Mason City's City Council meeting Tuesday night, there was a second reading of a reso

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