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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - IA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund could help create bike paths, and other ways to help Iowans be more active. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – With 2016 coming to a close, a broad-based coalition is looking to 2017 as a year to preserve Iowa's natural heritage and "fund the trust." The Iowa Water and Land Legacy or "I-WILL" Coalition is focused on raising the state sales tax by three-eighths of a penny, to fund the

Paint and other potentially hazardous products should never be disposed of down a drain or in a trash can. (faungg's photos/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Lawnmowers will soon be switched out for snow blowers in many Iowa garages, as homeowners assess what they'll need during the winter months. And often, hazardous materials that need disposal are uncovered in garages and sheds during the process. Trish Radke, program coor

Newly approved clean water rules might actually increase pollution in Iowa waterways, says the Iowa Environmental Council. (USDA.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In an emergency vote on Wednesday, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission unanimously approved changes to the state's clean water standards. Before this decision, the Department of Natural Resources made sure any projects seeking permits to increase pollution to a wa

Harmful algae outbreaks in Iowa lakes, ponds, streams and rivers are more likely during this time of year. (Lynn Betts/ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Toxic blue-green algae outbreaks that are harmful to humans and pets aren't limited to Florida where a state of emergency has been declared. It also can show up in Iowa's ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other waterways. While this year may not reach 2015's record numbe

Report calls for updated local regulations for wind-energy development. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa already generating 31 percent of its power from wind, more per capita than any other state, a new report suggests regulations at the local level are needed to protect the interests of landowners and communities. While the clean, renewable energy and economic opportunit

More than a half-million acres of Iowa's Loess Hills Prairies have been preserved for 40 years. (Chris Helzer/The Nature Conservancy)

ONAWA, Iowa - While much of the prairie ecosystem in Iowa has been overtaken by development, agriculture or invasive species, hundreds of thousands of acres within the Loess Hills of Western Iowa have remained pristine. Species typical of the Western Great Plains including yucca, rare ferns, birds

About 40 miles of streams have been formally adopted in Iowa, leaving hundreds of miles more in need of volunteers to help clean them up. (GoAdoptaStream.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the Iowa Legislature unable to pass a clean water funding plan, everyday Iowans are still taking steps to improve the water supply. Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines is providing "adoption papers" so volunteer groups can take care of one or more local streams in need of

Selecting a tree from one of Iowa's 100 choose-and-harvest farms can involve even the youngest family member. Courtesy: Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Assn.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa-grown Christmas trees are worth a million dollars annually to Iowa's economy. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says tree farms make good use of land that might not be suitable for raising other crops. "Most of the farms are just a few acres, but when you look at all

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