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PNS Daily Newscast - May 10, 2021 


Governor Ron DeSantis shuts the door on unemployment benefits; Montanna gains a congressional seat - now the focus is on redistricting.


2021Talks - May 7, 2021 


President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - IL: Toxics

Is the promise of higher speeds worth the possible health risks of 5G wireless technology? <br />(mohammad hassen/Pixabay)

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CHICAGO –Some Illinoisans are encouraging state leaders to put the brakes on the rollout of new 5G wireless technology. The Illinois House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee held a hearing Thursday on the topic of technology and 5G in Illinois. 5G promises higher speeds, higher c

Airborne ethylene oxide pollution is the reason federal officials are recommending the Illinois Department of Public Health investigate cancer risks in and around the Village of Willowbrook. (Pixabay)

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WILLOWBROOK, Ill. – People in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook are on edge after a federal report showing that the area faces some of the country's highest cancer risks from toxic air pollution. According to the report, a local company uses ethlyene oxide, a gas the Environmental Protection

The Environmental Defense Fund is encouraging the Illinois Department of Children and Families to require child-care facilities to identify whether they have a lead service line. (Pixabay)

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CHICAGO – Even in small doses, lead is a harmful element to consume. The effects can be drastic for children still developing, which is why Illinois has proposed rules for childcare facilities on testing for lead in water. But some environmental advocates believe that the rules need to be adju

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

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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

Mayors of Chicago, Highland Park, Elgin, Evanston and Skokie signed a letter to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, asking him to keep the Clean Power Plan in place. (whitehouse.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite the listening sessions being held across the nation about whether to roll back the Clean Power Plan, environmental groups don't have a lot of hope that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt will keep it in place. The Clean Power Plan took effect in 2015, aimed at reducing carbon

Brightly-colored medication might be mistaken for candy, a reminder to parents for Illinois' Poison Prevention Month. (cdc.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Accidental medicine poisoning sends a child under age 6 to an emergency room every nine minutes in this country - and every 12 days, a child dies. Last year, the Illinois Poison Center handled nearly 77,000 cases of people ingesting potentially harmful substances, and more

Dynegy Energy has asked for a $400 million bailout, saying that without it, thousands of local jobs will be lost. (nih.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new state report says Illinois has plenty of power, and environmental advocates say that means there's few reasons to bail out coal plants belonging to Dynegy. The company asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to relax some environmental protections that have been in pl

Legislation in the U.S. House could mean more radioactive material moving through Illinois. (illinois.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Environmental groups have a warning for the nation's leaders: Haste will make more waste. A House vote could come as soon as this week on legislation known as the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017." The bill would mean building more temporary storage facilities around

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