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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 

    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: Before hanging the Stars and Stripes to celebrate the Fourth of July, the United States Flag Code calls for specific procedures to ensure any flag displayed is shown respect. Photo credit: pippalou/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Flags are popping up all over Illinois this Fourth of July weekend. But there are some important "dos and don'ts" to consider before flying Old Glory. The U.S. Flag Code became public law in 1942 and specifies the exact rules for use and display of the flag. Mike Buss, deputy di...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: On the roadways, the National Safety Council is expecting this Fourth of July weekend to be one of the deadliest holiday periods on record. Photo credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Fourth of July is almost upon us and as some Illinoisans pack their cars for holiday travel safety experts are reminding folks to be extra cautious on the roads. The National Safety Council is estimating 409 people will lose their lives, and more than 49,000 will be injure...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: A new initiative in 25 cities, including Chicago, is working to promote economic success for veterans and their families through educational and employment opportunities. Photo credit: U.S. Army Material Command.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - There are an estimated 76,000 post-9/11 veterans living in Illinois, a number that's expected to rise as more return home. Experts say these veterans face a multitude of challenges, including an economy with limited job openings. The director of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Offic...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: New data from Families USA shows 232,000 Illinoisans stand to lose the financial assistance that enables them to afford health coverage. Photo credit: GrafixarMorguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Within the next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in a case that could impact the health coverage of tens of thousands of people in Illinois. In King vs. Burwell, the court will decide if premium subsidies should be withdrawn in states where the federal government...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: After six months of bargaining talks, negotiations continue on Illinois' contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which expires June 30. Photo courtesy AFSCME Local 31.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With a contract deadline just one week away, state workers in Illinois are continuing to push for a fair labor agreement. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) say they are not pleased with Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed cut...Read More

Public News Service - IL

Photo: The EPA announced the carbon emissions from aircraft should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There are more than 8,000 airplanes in Illinois, and at this point their carbon emissions are unregulated by the federal government. But the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes should be regulated under the Clean...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Healthy experts say there are healthy steps men can take at each stage of their life to improve the quality and longevity of their health. Photo credit: Pedro Perez/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's a medical mystery: Why don't men go to the doctor as often as women? This is Men's Health Week, time for a friendly reminder from a physician or partner that it may be time for a checkup. Men live an average of five fewer years than women and have higher death rates for alm...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Animal-welfare organizations are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that would allow  bobcat-hunting in Illinois for the first time in four decades. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Animal-welfare groups are pleading with Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that would allow bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in four decades. House Bill 352 reverses the state's ban on commercial trapping and sport-hunting of bobcats, a move supporters say is needed t...Read More

Public News Service - IL

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