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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - IL: Climate Change/Air Quality

Overall, asthma rates are dropping among youth in the U.S., but the opposite is true for country's poorest children. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Asthma rates for most children in the U.S. appear to be on the decline, but among the country's poorest children those rates are actually rising. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found what they call a "significantly incre

The BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. is no longer sending petcoke to South Chicago, but environmentalists are keeping an eye on where it's heading now. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Earlier this year, BP announced it would stop sending petcoke waste to a dumping site in Chicago. But now tons of the oil-refining waste is on the move across the country from a BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, and the Natural Resources Defense Council is watching. The group worked with

Chicago volunteers help with an air monitor to measure diesel emissions. Credit: ELPC

CHICAGO – Trying to get a handle on how much diesel pollution is being pumped into the air by Chicago's cars, trains and trucks is serious work. Over the past few months, an air monitor has been set up in popular public places, including the Shedd Aquarium and in Chicago neighborhoods such a

Some 67 million gallons of gas will be burned by American vehicles this Labor Day Weekend. Credit: clarita/morguefile.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Highways will be bustling with Labor Day Weekend travel. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts the highest volume since 2008, with an estimated 1.7 million Illinoisans driving 50 miles or more. According to the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), vehicles across

A poll finds air pollution is just as important to Latinos as immigration reform. 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

A rare dragonlfy is being released into the wild in Illinois. Credit: Mike Ostrowski/Wikimedia

LOCKPORT, Ill. – Ecologists are working to boost the population of a rare dragonfly in Illinois. The Hine's emerald dragonfly is federally endangered, and is found in just a few states. Researchers at the University of South Dakota incubated eggs from Wisconsin in a lab, and are now releasing

PHOTO: A report on urban flooding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources finds many storm drain systems were simply not designed to accomodate the downpours the state has experienced in recent years. Photo credit: Photojock/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Urban flooding is prevalent throughout Illinois, and a new report demonstrates how state agencies are examining ways to address the problem. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, flooding in urban areas caused more than $2 billion in damages between 20

PHOTO: Illinois has made a major advancement in an annual state list of employment in the solar industry. According to The Solar foundation, Illinois added 1,700 solar jobs in 2014, jumping from 20th to 12th nationally. Photo credit: Scott Liddell/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois. A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois. Br

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