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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Talented young writers from across the globe converge this weekend for the Iowa Young Writers' Workshop. (IowaYoungWritersStudio.org)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Writers from all over the U.S. and the world converge at the University of Iowa this weekend for the annual Iowa Young Writers' Studio. The program has developed an international reputation over more than a decade. Studio director Stephen Lovely says it draws dozens of talented y

Past felony convictions ban some Iowans from voting for life. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court is to hear arguments today in a case that potentially could lift the state's lifetime voting ban for people with felonies. The Iowa Constitution denies voting rights for anyone convicted of an "infamous crime," the definition of which has been debated for q

A number of key cases may wind up with 4-to-4 tie votes in the aftermath of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death. (kconnors/morguefile)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The death of the U.S. Supreme Court's most consistent conservative voice for 30 years, Justice Antonin Scalia, leaves a crucial vacancy on the court. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, where hearings on any nominee would be held. Republicans, w

A gathering tonight in Des Moines brings together activists from across the nation who want to see an end to the immigration-detention quota. Credit: TheaDesign

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the presidential hopefuls continue to focus on Iowa with the all-important caucuses now slightly more than four months away, a gathering in the state tonight seeks to turn their attention to the detention of immigrants. Gabriela Flora, program director for the American Friends

As technology evolves, more cyber-crime experts will be needed to catch criminals. Credit: Nowości Mrooczlandia/Morguefile.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Headline-making data breaches such as the recent Ashley Madison hack are drawing attention to the need for professionals who can stop cyber criminals in their tracks. Professor of Information Technology Bryan Burkhardt at Des Moines Area Community College says a vast spectr

PHOTO: Iowa law enforcement has already seized some 64,000 grams of methamphetamine in 2014, marking a nine-year high. Photo credit: Nathan Jongewaard/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - There are changing trends when it comes to the scourge of methamphetamine in Iowa, but the drug's dangerous and deadly grip remains tight in communities across the state. Thanks to laws on psuedoephedrine and meth precursor ingredients, there has been a dramatic drop in the numbe

PHOTO: Who will make financial decisions for you if you're unable to make them yourself? A new campaign kicks off statewide today, educating Iowans about a new Uniform of Power of Attorney Act to help prevent financial exploitation of seniors. Photo credit: Wayne MacPhail/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As Iowa's population continues to age, also growing is the number of elders being exploited financially, although new protections are in place aim to reverse that trend. The Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Act officially took effect this summer and today marks the start of a state

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do

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