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    PNS Daily News - April 1, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; Arkansas following on the heels of Indiana with a religious freedom law; Florida’s governor says he deserves the credit for job creation; mountain goats making the case for climate change; and plenty of folks stepping-up for National Walking Day.

Public News Service - Illinois

PHOTO: Illinois ranks 20th in the nation in a new report measuring how many online job postings require that applicants have at least a four-year college degree. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

CHICAGO - Having a college education may be more important than ever for job seekers in Illinois and around the nation. A new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce shows that more than half - 53 percent - of the online job postings in Illinois are for positions t...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: It's the first day of Autism Awareness Month, and efforts are also under way to build support for "Avonteís Law," a bill in the Senate that would help reduce the risk of injury and death related to wandering. Photo credit: Joseph B./Flickr Creative Commons.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Nearly half of children on the autism spectrum are believed to engage in wandering, a behavior that can end in tragedy. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill known as Avonte's Law that would provide funding for police departments to purchase equipment that can help locate people...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Illinois is among 10 states sharing a $200 million award from the United States Department of Agriculture for skills training programs to help food-assistance recipients find stable, local jobs. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois will be expanding efforts to connect low-income job seekers to resources that can help them secure employment. The state is receiving nearly $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test an employment-and-training program. USDA Food and ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: There's new hope for children as a new study pinpoints treatable factors that can prevent chronic kidney disease in children. Photo credit: Kathy Cassidy/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a new study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady, pediatric nephrologist with Children's Mercy Hospital ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24 in Illinois and nationally. Photo credit: Chang Liu/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's National Youth Violence Prevention Week, and health and education leaders in Illinois say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth violence is ...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Supporters of legislation that would reduce the punishment for marijuana possession in Illinois say it would help reduce the prison population. House Bill 218 would eliminate criminal penalties for marijuana possession of up to 30 grams, replacing them with a $100 fine. Photo credit: diseldemon/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Correctional facilities in Illinois are over capacity, and supporters say a bill under consideration in Springfield would help reduce the prison population. House Bill 218, introduced by Representative Kelly Cassidy of Chicago, decriminalizes possession of small amounts of mariju...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO: Itís National Poison Prevention Week, and a new report finds toddlers and teens are most at risk for medicine poisonings. Photo credit: cohdra/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - While medication plays an important role in management and prevention of pain, disease and other health issues, it also can be very dangerous in the hands of little ones. A report released today from Safe Kids Worldwide revealed that 1- and 2-year-olds account for more than half...Read More

Public News Service - IL

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