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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2018 


Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on a domestic violence charge. Also on the Thursday rundown: More testimony on Ohio's "anti-protest" bill; and we'll take you to the Dakotas to celebrate American Education Week.

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Public News Service - IL: Budget Policy & Priorities

New research says black students are severely under-represented at Illinois' selective public colleges. (COD Newsroom/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Public college students in Illinois are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released today. A report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce showed white students are disproportionately represented at se

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

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

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site needed $7 million in repairs in 2017. (Teemu008/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – National parks in Illinois and across the nation may be a step closer to getting much needed repairs. The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (HR 6510), which would use revenue from energy production on public lands

Illinois State Board of Elections officials estimated that about 76,000 voters may have had their information viewed by hackers during the 2016 elections. (Amanda Castleman/Twenty20)

DECATUR, Ill. - A spokesman for Illinois elections officials has referred to the state as a "poster child for how to handle cybersecurity" since the state election system was targeted by Russian-connected hackers in 2016. Illinois is expected to receive more than $13 million to prevent hackers from

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

About 70 percent of the young people arrested in Illinois are dealing with mental health issues. (womenshealth.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Seven in 10 juveniles arrested in Illinois have underlying mental health issues, and advocates are urging lawmakers to offer them treatment rather than jail time. According to the report “Stemming the Tide,” 30,000 young people have been arrested and 11,000 in

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

There are 40 safety-net hospitals serving low-income and uninsured residents in Illinois. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have been discussing funding for so-called safety-net hospitals: those that are required to provide medical services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and that often are the only facilities that will accept low-income patients. The facilities a

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