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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - IA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King contends the Protecting Access to Care Act is needed to

DES MOINES, Iowa – Medical malpractice laws in Iowa and other states would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. Rep. Steve King of Iowa introduced House Resolution 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act. It would weaken accountability requirements for

A CBPP report says rural Iowans could lose access to coverage under the House-passed health-care plan. (Raymond Shobe/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - While the country waits for the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Republican health-reform bill, research released Tuesday shows rural states such as Iowa stand to lose the most. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, provisions in the American Health

Just over 3,000 homeless people were counted during the 2016 Point-in-Time Count in Iowa. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteers in communities across Iowa will undertake the daunting task Wednesday of counting the number of people they can find without permanent homes. The annual Point-in-Time Count is required for communities that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur

States pay on average about $90,000 a year for every youth in a juvenile facility. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Iowa and other states. The research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation pulls together evidence of the failings of youth correctional facilities and reco

Social-service groups say evicting people from Des Moines' homeless camps simply moves the problem instead of solving it. (tom stovall/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A fight for the homeless is ramping up in Des Moines. Eviction notices with a deadline of August 29th went up at several locations where the city’s homeless often set up camp. Opponents of that strategy will gather outside City Council chambers on Monday afternoon to

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

AARP is one group that believes the presidential candidates aren't saying enough about what they'd do to update Social Security and ensure its future. (AARP.org)

AMES, Iowa — Nearly one-third of people over age 65 in Iowa rely on Social Security as their sole source of income, and more than 60 percent depend on it for at least half of their income. A recent report from the Social Security Administration shows that the program will be in jeopardy with

Even though school is out, budgeting and planning for programs making walking to school safer are now in the works. (HealthierIowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Transportation Improvement Program's five-year plan recently released by the Iowa Department of Transportation includes nearly $1.2 billion of much-needed funding for aviation, railway and roadway projects for fiscal year 2017. However, just a tiny fraction of that goes to cre

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