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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - IL: Rural/Farming

Illinois farmers are experiencing rainier springs and drier summers because of the changing climate. (EJRodriquez/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With farms and ranches on the front lines of climate change, organizations have come together to launch the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. Megan Baskerville, agriculture program director for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, said farmers here already are seeing more f

The 17 states spanning the central U.S. account for about 80% of the nation's current and planned wind energy capacity. (AdobeStock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's encouraging news about Illinois' potential for wind energy development in a new analysis. The 17 states spanning the central U.S. are known as the "Wind Belt," with roughly 80% of the nation's current and planned wind-energy capacity. And Jeff Walk -- director of cons

Landowners in southern Illinois continue to struggle with flooding after a 2016 breech in the Len Small Levee. (IDNR)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A new partnership could help breathe new life into Illinois lands that have been plagued by multi-year floods. At the southern tip of the state, acres of historically rich farmland in Dogtooth Bend have seen repeated damage since a 2016 levee break along the Mississippi River.

Soil conservation practices can help soybeans and other crops become more resilient to extreme weather. (USDA/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Amid the challenges of another rain-soaked spring and a global pandemic, hundreds of Illinois farmers are using conservation practices to help curb the long-term effects of climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Illinois Climate Summary projects m

There are some estimates that the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Donald Lee Pardue/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Postal workers in Illinois are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. Jackie Engelhart, president of Northwest Illinois Area Local (NWIAL) 194 of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), says postal workers have been crucial in servi

A new project will use NASA datasets to find and address inefficiencies in farm-management practices. (Snapshot Factory/Pixabay)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois growers are using the power of NASA in a new project aimed at addressing food security, from improving crop outputs to working their land more efficiently. Local farmers with the Illinois Corn Growers Association are working with University of Illinois researchers

The Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. (Conservation Media Library)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impa

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

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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

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