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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - IA: Community Issues and Volunteering

More than 30,000 Texans have sought refuge in shelters like this one. (Red Cross)

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the most common questions asked amid natural disasters like Houston's Hurricane Harvey is, "How can we help?" Mark Tauscheck, a communications officer for the Red Cross in Iowa, says that question could be the tagline for his organization, which trains hundreds of p

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

Daren Schumaker and Dennis Lee of Cedar Rapids have spent eight years running marathons in each of Iowa's counties. (Team 99 Counties)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two men, more than 2,700 miles and thousands of dollars for heart health – this week Daren Schumaker and Dennis Lee of Cedar Rapids will complete the journey of a lifetime. The men will cross their final finish line in Delaware County as they conclude an 8-year quest

Market Innovation director for AARP Jeffrey Makowka says it's important that older adults are able to live life on their own terms. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Growing older does not hold the same connotations as it once did, and some Iowans are using their ingenuity to challenge perceptions of aging. On Thursday, finalists in the Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge will present their ideas for a product or service that ca

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

Don Corrigan of Des Moines, center, is the 2016 AARP Iowa Andrus Award Winner. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa — One in three Iowans volunteers, earning the state the ranking of 10th nationally for community service in a new survey. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, each year about 765,000 people in Iowa give their time to help others. Don Corrigan of D

Elkaderís Whitewater Park and River Access was recognized as a Smart Growth Project in 2015.  (Elkader Whitewater Project)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Innovative ideas are spurring projects that advance sustainability in Iowa, and some of those efforts will soon receive special recognition. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa is taking nominations for its 15th Annual Best Development Awards. The awards showcase projects and progra

Recycling stands can help prevent debris left behind after an event. (Bob B. Brown/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Overflowing trash cans and debris on the ground can be signs of a great party, but what's not so great is when all that trash ends up in the state's landfills. Recycling can help keep some of the debris out, and Metro Waste Authority offers event recycling stands free of c

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