PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - IA: Water

Iowa now has 10,000, hog confinements compared with 722 in 2001. (

DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. In 2017, Iowa's Department of Natural Resources approved 450 new or expanded hog factories. Jess Mazour

Iowa's most recent (2016) draft list of impaired waters includes more than 600 bodies of water with a total of 818 problems with their quality or safety. (IDNR)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Long-term funding for water quality is expected to be one of the first priorities for Iowa legislators when they return to the State Capitol in January. Competing water quality bills in the House and Senate failed to pass both chambers this year, and Republican leaders say

Agriculture organizations say a new cover-crop incentive program will help improve land resiliency.<br />(USDA)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Planting cover crops now could save Iowa farmers money in the future. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently kicked off a three-year project aimed at increasing acres of cover crops and improving water quality in the state. Aaron Lehman, preside

Iowa's pig and hog population is more than 22 million according to the USDA  more than double the state's nearest pork production rival, North Carolina. (afnewsagency/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – There is no state in the nation that produces more pork than Iowa and production is continuing to grow. But community activists concerned about the industry's impact on the environment are saying "enough." Iowa's largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, has filed applicat

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

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. (

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. (

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

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