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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - IA: Youth Issues

When insurance provider Medica signaled it was likely to leave the Iowa individual health insurance market, the state was put in a tough position.(Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A stopgap insurance plan presented this week to federal officials by Iowa's insurance commissioner needs to be re-worked to better protect low-income and older Iowans, according to the Child & Family Policy Center. Mary Nelle Trefz, a health policy associate with the cente

Physical-education teachers note that P.E. is about more than kicking a ball; it's about teaching children healthy lifestyle choices they'll carry with them into adulthood. (Ben Landers/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Physical-education teachers in Iowa are saying enough is enough. The latest draft of Iowa's education plan - released Wednesday - doesn't address PE coursework. Critics say school funding for physical education began dropping about six years ago. The initial drop was an un

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

Cyber attacks can expose personal information of millions of people or shut down entire organization systems. (Joffi/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The growing number and severity of cyber attacks is prompting state officials to try to identify and train the next cyber workforce from among Iowa high school students. Iowa has entered a cyber training partnership with the

Zac Easter, No. 44, suffered three concussions in a two-month period during his senior year of high school. (CTE Hope)

INDIANOLA, Iowa - Ninety-nine percent of former National Football League players whose brains were studied suffered from the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, according to just-released research. The finding doesn't surprise Brenda Easter of Indianola. Her son

DMACC Newton Campus is offering a new, one semester Early Childhood Education certificate program. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's economy is bouncing back, creating an increased demand for qualified child care providers. And a central Iowa college is rising to meet the challenge. Some child care providers had to close shop after Maytag left Newton in 2007 and jobs were lost. But a decade lat

Many Iowa parents support daily physical education as part of their child's school curriculum. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa schools are being encouraged to help students exercise their minds. State education leaders are creating an accountability plan to meet provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new federal education law. And health-related groups, including the American Heart

The antics, accusations and scandals of the presidential campaigns are creating heated conversations in some classrooms. (Lead Beyond/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In what used to be a perfect time for a lesson in how government works, the tone of the presidential campaign is creating uncomfortable conversations in high school classrooms. With the presidential election focused on the antics, accusations and scandals involving the cand

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