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    PNS Daily News - April 28, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the State of Emergency continues in Baltimore; questions about the Senate’s Toxic Substances bill and whether it modernizes or weakens protections; plus a look at how Spokane is handling moose on the loose.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: Before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Illinoisans are encouraged to help others in their community instead by donating those items to local charities. Photo credit: Davis Bruce J. /Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many Illinois homes are brimming with items that are rarely used, and some not at all. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring not only helps to tidy up a home, it can also be a way to help others...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and in Illinois, advocacy organizations are working to ensure crime victims understand their rights and protections, and can access services to help their recovery. Photo credit: Nina H/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and victims' advocates say just as the accused have rights in the criminal justice system, crime victims should as well. Crime victims should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and they deserve rights pertaining to representa...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Not feeling too frisky? Experts say the H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly when animals are in close contact with each other. Photo credit: mariak/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Fears of the flu for Fido are running high among many dog owners, the result of a rare strain of canine influenza that has struck more than 1,000 dogs in Illinois. Dr. Thomas Mullaney, acting director of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, said most dogs...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are highlighting what they say is the destructive work of the Republican-led Congress' first 100 days under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo credit: Laszlo Ilyes/Flickr.

CHICAGO - The Republican-led Senate has earned a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for their first 100 days. Gretchen Dahlkemper is the National Field Manager with Moms Clean Air Force, one of several organizations tallying a report of the damage done under Senate Majority Le...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: State legislators are considering legislation that opponents say unfairly raises rates for Exelon ratepayers in order to pad the company's profits. Photo credit: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Exelon is looking for a $300 million subsidy for its nuclear plants, and it wants Illinois ratepayers to foot the bill. Under House Bill 3293, the energy company would get $1.5 billion over five years from ratepayers that would be distributed to low-carbon energy sources....Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: A report from the Center for Effective Government finds residents and first responders may not be getting the information they need to prepare for potential chemical disasters. Photo credit: Duster/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers. With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

CHICAGO - Today, thousands of Illinoisans are taking part in one of the largest demonstrations by U.S. workers seeking higher pay. Fast food workers in Chicago and other cities will walk off the job, while adjunct professors, home care, airport and other low wage earners will march and rally deman...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: April 14 is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the new year a woman must work to match the amount of money a male counterpart earned the prior year. Illinois women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Photo credit: Victor1558/Flickr.

CHICAGO - Women are constantly paid less than men in Illinois and other states, and today's observance of Equal Pay Day aims to call attention to this persistent inequity. April 14 represents how far into the new year a woman needs to work in order to match the amount of money a man made in the pre...Read More

Public News Service - IL

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