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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - IL: Consumer Issues

Illinois is one of eight states with a flat income-tax rate. (ctbaonline.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Americans are dropping their checks in the mail to pay Uncle Sam, advocates in Illinois are calling for a fair tax for the state. Illinois is just one of a handful of states in the nation with a flat tax. On Tuesday, Republicans in Springfield united against the idea of

There are millions of microbes in tap water, but most are harmless. (cdc.gov)

URBANA, Ill. – Vacation season has kicked off for many on Spring Break, and summer is just around the corner – but scientists say when you leave home for a week or more, something dangerous may sneak into the water pipes. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have

Honeybees help pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops in the United States every year.(usda.gov)

URBANA, Ill. — A major endeavor is under way to educate soybean farmers about helping to save honeybees. The Honey Bee Health Coalition this month unveiled a management plan for growers. Adam Dolezal, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, conducted the research

Washing fruit and vegetables before eating them is one way to avoid foodborne illness. (fda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — March is the month many people start planning vacations as spring is around the corner, and summer's just a few months away. And health advocates say it's not too early to start thinking about food safety, especially if you're going out of the country. Dierdre Schlunegger

Nearly half of college students say they're food insecure. (chicagohomeless.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it. So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial rea

Advocates say low-income residents in Illinois are most impacted by pollution from power plants. (sierraclub.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Residents, and health and environmental experts are pushing back against a state government plan to aid Dynegy Coal Plants, claiming the company is being allowed to rewrite clean-air rules.
 Opponents of the plan say efforts to change how emissions are controlled and

To avoid falling victim to a scam, don't open email attachments or text links from people you don't know. (bbb.org)

CHICAGO – In 2017, phishing – those emails or texts that look legitimate but are not – became the number one scam in the U.S., knocking the tax collection scam out of first place. Once a bogus phishing text or email is opened, thieves can often access personal information on a ph

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

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