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    PNS Daily News - August 4, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; reaction to the Obama administration’s clean energy plan; a church pastor in New Mexico pledges Sunday’s bombings won’t stop his church’s mission; and a controversy brewing over guns in parks in Tennessee.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: Bad news, sad news and the stress of daily life can easily put a damper on anyone's mood, but Illinoisans are being encouraged to bring more happiness into their lives during Happiness Happens Month in August. Photo credit: Karpati Gábor/Morguefile.

CHICAGO – Looking at the brighter side is not always easy when things get you down, but during August Illinoisans and others around the country are being challenged to find ways to incorporate more happiness into their lives. August is Happiness Happens Month, established by the Secret Societ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Starting this fall, Illinois sixth and 12th grade students are required to receive a vaccination to protect against meningitis, although there are some exceptions. Photo credit: El Alvi/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois families prepare to send their children back to class, state officials say immunizations should be on the back-to-school checklist. For school entrance, students must show proof of vaccinations against several diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: A new survey of Internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. According to an AARP Fraud Watch Network report, nearly half of people quizzed about online and wireless safety failed. Photo credit: seeman/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Public wireless networks make updating social media or checking emails convenient when on the go, but a new survey finds many people are engaging in activity that could make them vulnerable to hackers. A new AARP Fraud Watch Network report found that about a quarter of adults u...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: As Medicaid turns 50 this week, a new report highlights the difference the health insurance program has made in the lives of low-income children in Illinois, including better health, education and financial outcomes as adults. Photo credit: Alex Prolmos/Flickr.

CHICAGO – Medicaid marks its 50th anniversary this week, and a new report examines the lifelong benefits the program has provided to some of Illinois' most vulnerable children. According to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, kids who receive Medicaid benefits grow int...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: The U.S. House just passed a bill that prohibits Illinois and other states from enacting their own laws requiring labels for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. And it's good news or bad news depending on whom you ask. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There are cheers and jeers for a bill approved by the U.S. House that prohibits states from requiring GMO food labeling. Richard Eidlin, vice president of policy and campaigns with the American Sustainable Business Council, says the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act wou...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Activists in Illinois are standing in solidarity with those in New York, as a decision on Wednesday will substantially raise pay for 200,000 fast-food workers in the Empire State. Photo credit: Christopher Dilts.

CHICAGO – A New York wage board voted Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for restaurant workers to $15 per hour, and some Illinois workers now say it's their turn. Fast-food, home-care and child-care workers will rally in Chicago today, along with hundreds of others in cities across the coun...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: According to the Anne E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book, 21 percent of Illinois children live in poverty, with rates rising higher for families in some groups. Photo credit: Lorne/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Not only is poverty a lingering problem for Illinois children, but a new report also finds the impacts of the recession have been the harshest for the most disadvantaged groups. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2015 Kids Count Data Book found that 21 percent of Illinois children ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: They've lived in a lab for four to five years, and now, several mature Hine's emerald dragonflies are being released into the wild in Illinois. Photo credit: Mike Ostrowski/Wikimedia.

LOCKPORT, Ill. – Ecologists are working to boost the population of a rare dragonfly in Illinois. The Hine's emerald dragonfly is federally endangered, and is found in just a few states. Researchers at the University of South Dakota incubated eggs from Wisconsin in a lab, and are now releasing...Read More

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