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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday, May 24th, 20160 

    The head of security for the TSA has been removed from the job. Ten million dollars is going to help landscapes devastated by fire, and a new interactive map will let you know if you live near a park that's been treated with cancer causing herbicides.

Public News Service - Illinois

As the Syrian civil war continues, an Illinois-based nonprofit group is trying to help young refugees attain their educational goals in the U.S. (Photo Illustration/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Chicago-area nonprofit group that supports the Syrian people will soon be offering new higher education scholarships for recently resettled Syrian refugees. This comes just a few months after the Karam Foundation, announced that four high school-age Syrian refugee stude...Read More

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Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As...Read More

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The number of children in Illinois using and becoming sick from e-cigarettes is on the rise. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – More young children in Illinois are being poisoned by electronic cigarettes, according to the Illinois Poison Center. Last year, the Center received more than 80 calls related to children under age six who were exposed to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Danny ...Read More

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Exelon, which runs this power plant in Byron, Ill., says it needs help to keep several plants from closing, while senior and consumer advocates argue the company is essentially asking for a taxpayer bailout. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers on Thursday will be considering a bill that opponents say would be a taxpayer bailout of one of the country's most profitable energy companies. At issue is Senate Bill 1585, which would allow Chicago-based energy giant Exelon to mandate a surcharge on electric...Read More

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Many parents in Illinois and across the nation are facing serious challenges to accessing financial assistance for child care programs, according to a new report. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Wading through the paperwork involved in getting government help to pay for child care can be overwhelming to already overworked parents. A new report by the Center for American Progress looks at how difficult it can be for low-income families to navigate an underfunded c...Read More

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Postal workers in Illinois are asking residents to help donate non-perishable foods this weekend, as letter carriers prepare for their nationwide annual food drive. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As one in seven people in Illinois continues to struggle with hunger, this weekend the state's letter carriers will be working to help. Saturday marks the 24th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The U.S. Postal Service is asking residents to set bags of non-...Read More

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An $18.5 million settlement with Peoples Gas over misleading statements is earning praise from an Illinois consumer watchdog. (iStockphoto)

Springfield, IL - One of Illinois' largest gas providers is on the hook for more than $18 million over misleading statements about the costs of upgrading its aging pipe system. This comes after the former owners of Peoples Gas admitted to deceiving customers and state investigators. The company ori...Read More

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As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, a group of activists releases its own budget plan, which the group says would put

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A group of Illinois urban and rural public-policy activists holds a protest in Chicago today, to unveil what it calls a "People and Planet First Budget." Illinois is the only state operating without a budget for the current year. The activist group Fair Economy Illinois argu...Read More

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