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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - IA: Toxics

Some experts say growing urban/rural divide puts pressure on Iowa farmers to develop solutions to the state's water quality problems. (Carl Wycoff/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There's been a lot of focus on ensuring safe, affordable drinking water from public systems in Iowa’s urban centers. But some groups believe just as much attention is needed in rural communities. Stephanie Enloe, program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, said m

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

Ant-sized parasitic wasps are helping reduce emerald ash borers threatening millions of trees throughout Iowa. (Katja Schulz/Wikimedia Commons)

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has introduced tiny, parasitic wasps to combat the invasive emerald ash borer as it continues to threaten the more than 50 million ash trees in the state. The emerald ash borer has appeared in one-third of the counties in I

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

Despite intense opposition, the Iowa Utilities Board has approved a permit for a new oil pipeline to stretch across Iowa, carrying nearly a half-million barrels a day. (thebakken.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to approve a permit that allows Texas-based Dakota Access Co. to build an oil pipeline across 18 Iowa counties. The proposed Bakken pipeline, which would run from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa and end in Illinois, is pro

A pair of reports suggest that the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will mean lower electricity bills for Iowa families. Credit: Kameleon007.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for Iowa consumers. One report that looks at the economics of the Clean Power Plan is from Synapse Energy

Because they pose risks for health and the environment, items like cleaning products, batteries, lawn fertilizer and oil should never be tossed in the garbage or poured down the drain. Credit: U.S. Army Environmental Command/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Hazardous household chemicals can build up around the home and garage quickly, but they can't be tossed with the regular garbage, so Iowans are being reminded to dispose of them properly. It's estimated the average home has accumulated around 100 pounds of cleaning products, oi

Opponents of the proposed Bakken oil pipeline says it would put the state's soil, waterways and communities at risk. Credit: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the stat

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