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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 


    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Public News Service - Illinois

Experts say vision is precious and contact lens wearers should take eye care seriously. Credit: J Durham/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisans and others across the country who wear contact lenses are encouraged to practice the best possible hygiene habits in order to avoid bacteria that can blind a person. That's the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during this "Contact Lens Hea...Read More

Public News Service - IL

Cuts to Illinois' Child Care Assistance Program are leaving some working families struggling to afford child care. Credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says difficult decisions have to be made to manage the $4 billion budget. The governor filed an "emergency rule," narrowing eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program, a change that Emily Miller, director of policy and advocacy for Voice...Read More

Public News Service - IL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, alleging numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois animal exhibitor is facing numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against the owners of Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, a traveling educational wildlife exhibit featuring exotic animals. L...Read More

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A survey released by Earthjustice and GreenLatinos finds a wide range of environmental issues, including air pollution, are just as important to Latinos as immigration reform. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new poll finds Latinos in Illinois and around the nation are deeply concerned about the environment. According to the survey conducted for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos, almost two-thirds of Latinos polled see climate change as a consequence of human activity compared with ju...Read More

Public News Service - IL

Some Senate Democrats are expected to push a measure that would approve a MAP grant budget,  which would free funding for college students currently on hold because of the state budget impasse. Photo credit: Sheron2482/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - There's a chance funding could be freed that would end the MAP funding limbo for many college-bound Illinois students. About 125,000 students rely on the money from the Monetary Assistance Program grant for tuition, but without a state budget the funding cannot be dispersed. L...Read More

Public News Service - IL

PHOTO:  With the start of school in Illinois, educational experts are working to bring chronic absenteeism into focus to ensure all students develop good attendance habits. Photo credit: David Schott/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois kids can start the school year off right by attending the first day of class, but research finds it's crucial that students have good attendance throughout the year. Madelyn James, director of the Birth-to-Eight Project with Voices for Illinois Children, says there is a ...Read More

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PHOTO: For the first time, Illinois is identified as a top state for the most comprehensive public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies and related allergic diseases in elementary, middle and high schools. Photo credit: NIAID/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois children return to class this month, parents can be assured their children are learning in some of the best schools nationally for asthma and allergy protection. For the first time, Illinois was named to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Honor Rol...Read More

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PHOTO: Health centers are serving a record number of people with little or no health coverage who are able to receive care in their communities instead of visiting the emergency room, including over one million people in Illinois. Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data released this week by the National Association of Community Health Centers indicate that the centers are serving more patients than ever, at more than 24 million people nationwide. In Illinois, more than 1 million people are served by 450 health center sites. Nicole Ple...Read More

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