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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: Child poverty rates in Illinois remain stubbornly higher than pre-recession levels, according to the Illinois Kids Count 2015 report. The report found more than 600,000 Illinois children living in households with incomes below poverty level. Photo credit: Axel/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data is highlighting the extent and persistence of child poverty in Illinois. The Illinois Kids Count 2015 report reveals that in 2013 more than 600,000 children, about one-in-five, were living in poverty. Voices for Illinois Children released the findings today. Directo...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Some are concerned Illinois will go the way of other Midwestern states that have established right-to-work laws. While supporters say it would spur job creation and boost the economy, opponents argue right-to-work laws have negative impacts on wages, and the state budget. Photo credit: louisilleusace/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - States around the Midwest are joining the right-to-work bandwagon, but the question remains whether Illinois will climb aboard. Right-to-work prohibits workers from being required to join or pay money to a union as a condition of employment. Gov. Bruce Rauner said it would boost...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court hears the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. At stake is whether millions of Americans, including thousands of Illinoisans, will still be able to receive federal subsidies to help with their health insurance costs. Photo credit: M. Connors/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday could have serious implications for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans receiving subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. In King v. Burwell, justices will decide whether federal health insurance subsidies in states using the federal ex...Read More

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PHOTO: Itís Severe Weather Awareness Week in Illinois, and state emergency leaders are encouraging residents to be prepared for the threat of spring storms. Photo credit: James Loesch/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The warmer and often volatile weather of spring will soon arrive, and during Severe Weather Awareness Week, state emergency officials are reminding Illinoisans about the dangers of thunderstorms, lightening, tornadoes and flash floods. Mike McClure, senior meteorologist ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Today is International Stand Up to Bullying Day. The observance comes on the heels of a recent study that shows bullying is seen as more of a problem for youths today than ever. Photo credit: saadandalib/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As some Illinoisans observe today's International Stand Up to Bullying Day, a recent survey finds the majority of adults believe bullying is more prevalent than ever. The poll, released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, found that despite increased awareness, bullying still is v...Read More

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New legislation in Illinois would strike a balance between a medical provider's religious beliefs and what's in the best interest of the patient. Current state law allows doctors, nurses and other health care providers to refuse care based on the provider's religious beliefs. L...Read More

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PHOTO: A new survey from the Consumer Federation of America shows motorists don't believe gas prices will remain low, and car buyers are still looking for new vehicles with better gas mileage. Photo credit: Pippalaou/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - Gas prices will go up again. That's the expectation of consumers, according to a new survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) that also finds car buyers still have an eye on better mileage. Mark Cooper, director of research at CFA, says nearly 86 percent of responde...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report examines ways that concerns about the Clean Power Plan's impact on electric grid reliability can be addressed with strong operating procedures already used in the industry. Photo credit: Okinawa Soba/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State regulators are determining how Illinois will meet the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission reduction goals, and a new report highlights ways the industry can ensure the electric grid stays reliable. Some opponents argue the Clean Power Plan will resu...Read More

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