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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - IA: Youth Issues

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

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

Experts say when kids know where their food comes from, they are more likely to become better educated as consumers. (CFRA)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers are in the midst of harvest season, but many are pausing to share the fruits of their labor with local kids. October is Farm to School Month, and activities and events around the state are educating students about eating healthy foods. Ellen Walsh Rosemann, who owns

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