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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Illinois

Locally-owned shops across Illinois will be in the spotlight for this weekend's Small Business Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Once the hype of Black Friday settles, thousands of locally-owned shops, bookstores and restaurants will take the spotlight tomorrow for Small Business Saturday. In Illinois, smaller stores are hoping they will benefit from the increased attention. Sherneka Cagle, director of e...Read More

Public News Service - IL

As Congress debates the Land and Water Conservation Fund, sections of Illinois' Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge are at risk of losing federal funding. Credit: Timothy S. Long/The Nature Conservancy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some of Illinois' best public spots for hunting, fishing and hiking could be at risk of losing about $54 million in federal support because Congress can't agree on the future of a program that funds public conservation and recreation projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fun...Read More

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Youth imprisonment is down, but for many incarcerated black teens, not much has changed in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country. According to a recent look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois saw the eighth largest drop in that number from 2001 to 201...Read More

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A consumer watchdog group is praising Lumber Liquidators for removing potentially toxic products from its stores. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikipedia, CC

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After a rough year for Lumber Liquidators, a consumer watchdog group says the major flooring retailer is making some positive changes this week. The company was at the center of federal investigations this year over allegations it has been selling foreign-made vinyl floor...Read More

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The FDA's new food safety rules do a lot right by organic farmers, but a sustainable ag expert says more clarity is needed. Credit: Jackske/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food-safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act, the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski is a pol...Read More

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Many Illinoisans miss out on tens of thousands of dollars by claiming Social Security benefits early, according to new data. Credit: finance/morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - You've been paying into the system your whole working life, but deciding when to begin claiming Social Security benefits is a complex decision that experts say needs careful consideration. According to the most recent data, 62 remains the most prevalent age people choose to beg...Read More

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A new study ranks how 25 U.S. police departments are using their body-worn camera programs. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department shouldn't let cops review the footage from their body cameras before they write their incident reports. That's one of the findings in a new report released this week by a coalition of civil rights groups, called The Leadership Conference. The report, by the...Read More

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Chicago fast-food workers are joining with other workers in about 270 other cities around the country in a nationwide strike for a wage raise to $15 an hour. Credit: National Employment Law Project.

CHICAGO – Fast-food workers in Chicago are going on a one-day strike today, one year before the 2016 presidential election. The idea is to get presidential candidates to listen to their demands for a $15 hourly minimum wage, and the right to organize without retaliation from their employers. ...Read More

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