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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - IA: Water

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

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

Ospreys are being reintroduced in Iowa, thanks to joint efforts with naturalists in Minnesota. (IowaDNR.org)

BOONE, Iowa – The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers. Close to a half-dozen 40-day-old osprey chicks will be introduced at sites in Clear Lake and Swan Lake this week. They were collected from nests in

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

The Altoona Campus Aquatic Park is one of several locations participating in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. (Iowa Department of Public Health)

ALTOONA, Iowa – Swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four. To cap off Drowning Prevention Week, the Iowa Department of Public Health is offering the World's Largest Swimming Lesson today in Altoona, as part of a nationwide program. "They

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

After a decades-long decline, barley, oats, rye and wheat are reemerging in Iowa...as important cover crops. Credit: Practical Farmers of Iowa.

JEFFERSON, Iowa – The summer harvest of small grains, many used as cover crops, is once again becoming a common sight across Iowa this time of year. Iowa had nearly five million acres of small grains during the 1950s, and while that number has dropped over the decades, there has been a resurg

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

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