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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns. Also on our nationwide rundown: One expert's view of why canceling student-loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump budget calls for a 90-percent cut to a decades-old public lands program.

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The Dynegy Energy power plant above the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River operated from the 1950s to 2011. (prairierivers.org)

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Illinois is home to only one National Scenic River: the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. And environmental groups say it's being threatened by toxic coal ash waste that's seeping from a shuttered power plant owned by Dynegy. Earthjustice and Prairie Rivers said they have

Marchers across the globe hope to empower more women to run for political office. (marchtothepolls.org)

CHICAGO – Those trying to call attention to issues such as health care, immigration and women's rights will be filling hundreds of cities across the state, country and globe on Saturday. Comments from board member Jessica Scheller and organizer Jacquie Algee, both of Women's March Chicago. Wo

The number of young people locked up in Illinois has dropped by more than 60 percent in the past few years. (Rainerzufall1234/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There has been a dramatic drop in the number of young people being committed to prison in Illinois and across the nation. Between 2006 and 2015, the rate of youths being sent to out-of-home placement by juvenile courts fell 50 percent, according to data recently released

Harassment is in the spotlight in Hollywood and in the Illinois Capitol. (illinois.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State lawmakers in Illinois will have to attend sexual harassment awareness training. This after Majority Caucus Chair Ira Silverstein resigned from the Senate Democratic leadership team last week. Victims’ rights advocate Denise Rotheimer accused him of harassing h

Residents have been speaking out at forums on the Illinois budget crisis. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Even though Illinois lawmakers approved a long overdue state budget over the summer, the effects of not having one for so long are still being felt across the state. Illinois has racked up $15 billion of unpaid bills and owes $250 billion in pensions to state workers when

Several groups in Illinois are encouraging more women to run for office. (il.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – There's an effort underway to get more women to run for political office in Illinois. She Votes Illinois is a grassroots effort formed this year after no female candidates stepped forward to run for governor. Liz Kersjes is co-founder and chair of the group and says that'

The debate over the Second Amendment has been reignited after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. (cdc.gov)

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- As the country mourns the loss of life at the hands of a gunman in Las Vegas this month, and the debate rages about gun control, some anti-violence groups are seeing an increase in membership. Lee Goodman, an organizer with the group Peaceful Communities, said every time there's

Nonprofit groups that assist immigrants in Illinois are answering questions for those concerned about the DACA renewal process.  (Resurrection Project)

CHICAGO - There's an important deadline this week for thousands of "Dreamers" across the state. Thursday is the last day to apply for renewal under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA. If your permit expires between now and March 5, said Laura Mendoza, immigration organizer w

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