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    PNS Daily News - May 29, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown; former House Speaker Hastert charged with lying to the FBI about alleged hush money; a veto promised in North Carolina versus a marriage objections bill; thousands of New Yorkers get an Obamacare fix on artificial limbs; and Wyoming “ground zero” for federal sagebrush.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: A new Consumers Union Survey finds one in three Americans are being hit with a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Nearly one in three Americans has experienced the pain of a "surprise" medical bill in the past two years, according to a new national survey. Chuck Bell, Consumers Union program director, said these unexpected medical bills can range anywhere from $25 to $10,000 and more. "It'...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Streams and watersheds in Illinois and around the nation should have greater protections in place now that the EPA has released its new Clean Water Rule. Photo credit: Vivek Prabhakar/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has released a new Clean Water Rule, which supporters say will better protect rivers and streams in Illinois and across the nation from pollution. At the Illinois Chapter of th...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would remove what some call discriminatory restrictions on abortion funding. Photo credit: Cult Gigolo/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is taking steps to repeal decades-old provisions in state law that deny abortion coverage for women on Medicaid and those covered by state employee health insurance. According to opponents of House Bill 4013, public money should not be used to support or promote electiv...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, while Illinois' high school graduation rate of 83 percent is slightly higher than the national average, the rate has been stagnant for several years. Photo credit: hmm360/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's graduation season, but approximately one-in-five Illinois high school seniors is not donning a cap and gown. According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, while Illinois' high school graduation rate of 83 percent is slightly higher than the national average, the rate ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of the boating season in Illinois, and law enforcement officers are asking boaters to think of safety before getting out on the water. Photo credit wad247/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Before leaving the dock for Memorial Day Weekend fun, authorities are using National Safe Boating Week to encourage Illinois boaters to keep safety as a mindset. Whether it's a boat, canoe or kayak, said Sgt. Chris Stone, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources law enforceme...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Unqualified doctors, inadequate medical leadership and a lack of sanitary medical facilities are among the problems a report finds are occurring at facilities within the Illinois Department of Corrections. Photo credit: Tim Pearce/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A report filed in federal court uncovers sweeping problems at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities impacting the health of prisoners. The report was completed as part of a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of medical care in prisons. Ed Yohnka, director of communicatio...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: The support of a family can help a foster child through difficult times, but a new report finds nearly one in ten Illinois kids in foster care is placed in a non-family setting. Photo credit: Gabriella Pinto/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Experts say children removed from their homes need the support of a family to help them getthrough the tough times. But a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds about one-in-10 foster kids in Illinois spends their time in a non-family setting. Larry Joseph, resea...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Local health leaders and educators are gathering in Chicago Tuesday with national experts to examine the ways Illinois is working to improve primary care. Photo credit: Vic/Flickr.

CHICAGO - It's a meeting of the minds over medical care in Illinois as doctors, pharmacists and educators are gathering in Chicago today to highlight community-based interventions that are improving health and enhancing primary care. Board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health, Dr. Glen St...Read More

Public News Service - IL

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