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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - IA: Livable Wages/Working Families

DMACC Newton Campus is offering a new, one semester Early Childhood Education certificate program. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's economy is bouncing back, creating an increased demand for qualified child care providers. And a central Iowa college is rising to meet the challenge. Some child care providers had to close shop after Maytag left Newton in 2007 and jobs were lost. But a decade lat

There are more than 51,000 registered nurses licensed to practice in Iowa. (Ester Max/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Whether they're working in a hospital, physician's office or nursing home, Iowa nurses can take comfort in knowing they're in a top-notch state for their profession. May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, and a recent survey from finance website WalletHub ranked Iowa third in the na

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

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