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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IA: Consumer Issues

The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968. (Quinn Kampschroer/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In Iowa and across the nation, Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated with events commemorating the contributions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. But there's als

It's not uncommon for family caregivers to shoulder the dual responsibility of caring for a loved one and maintaining full-time employment outside the home. (Dirk Schumacher/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Legislation intended to recognize and bolster the important work of family caregivers is making progress in Congress – and Iowans are watching it closely. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which stands for recognize, assist, include and support, is headed for the U.S.

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

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

A global glut of grain is one of the key contributors to the economic downturn in farming. (Michal Jarmoluk/Pixabayy)

AMES, Iowa – The cost of farming is extremely high these days, the price of the products produced remarkably low and, as even a novice to agriculture can deduce, that means tough times. But 65-year-old farmer Don Holcomb says there are ways to lessen the pain and prepare for the future. On h

The former director of the Congressional Budget Office says he's disappointed that congressional leaders haven't been more outspoken in their defense of the nonpartisan CBO. (Robert Jones/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is set to release its analysis of the latest Republican health care bill Monday, but the CBO's former director says you don't have to have pundits or anyone else interpret it for you. Doug Elmendorf, who served as CBO director fr

The new Iowa law allows for the sale of fireworks through Sat., July 8. (meineresterampe/Pixabay)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – While the final numbers are still being tallied, doctors and emergency officials across Iowa are saying what safety experts had predicted - the state has seen an increase in fireworks-related injuries this Independence Day holiday week. This is the first year since 1938 th

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King contends the Protecting Access to Care Act is needed to

DES MOINES, Iowa – Medical malpractice laws in Iowa and other states would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. Rep. Steve King of Iowa introduced House Resolution 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act. It would weaken accountability requirements for

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