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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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Public News Service - IA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Rates of prescription drug deaths in Iowa since 1999 have quadrupled, according to the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. (US Dept. Health & Human Services)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump is vowing to take a law and order approach to combating the nation's worsening opioid epidemic. But mental health experts say that strategy ignores key truths about the problem. In comments this week, the president told reporters, "Strong law enfor

Grain prices are low and production costs are high, but Iowa farmers are still focused on land stewardship. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- These are challenging times for Iowa farmers, battling a global grain glut and high production costs, but that isn't stopping them from embracing a long-term conservation initiative. A record number of farmers have signed up for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, by planting co

The former director of the Congressional Budget Office says he's disappointed that congressional leaders haven't been more outspoken in their defense of the nonpartisan CBO. (Robert Jones/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is set to release its analysis of the latest Republican health care bill Monday, but the CBO's former director says you don't have to have pundits or anyone else interpret it for you. Doug Elmendorf, who served as CBO director fr

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

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