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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; Childcare key to getting Americans back to work.


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Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - IL: Toxics

A consumer watchdog group is praising Lumber Liquidators for removing potentially toxic products from its stores. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikipedia, CC

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After a rough year for Lumber Liquidators, a consumer watchdog group says the major flooring retailer is making some positive changes this week. The company was at the center of federal investigations this year over allegations it has been selling foreign-made vinyl floor

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

Illinois Fair Trade Campaign members warn the TPP could hurt jobs across the state. Courtesy: IFTC.

CHICAGO – With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a step closer to becoming reality, some advocacy groups say the trade deal could end up hurting some Illinois residents' jobs and health. Twelve countries in all, including the United States, agreed Monday on what's being called the largest r

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

PHOTO: With swimming season gearing up, state health leaders are advising Illinoisans about the dangers of recreational water illnesses, and ways to prevent them. Photo credit: tat/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Pools are opening up around Illinois this week, but health experts say there are some things to keep in mind before making a splash. Besides the threat of drowning, swimming can be hazardous due to diseases commonly called recreational water illnesses, or RWI's. Justin DeWitt,

PHOTO: A report from the Center for Effective Government finds residents and first responders may not be getting the information they need to prepare for potential chemical disasters. Photo credit: Duster/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers. With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be

PHOTO: Itís National Poison Prevention Week, and a new report finds toddlers and teens are most at risk for medicine poisonings. Photo credit: cohdra/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - While medication plays an important role in management and prevention of pain, disease and other health issues, it also can be very dangerous in the hands of little ones. A report released today from Safe Kids Worldwide revealed that 1- and 2-year-olds account for more than half

PHOTO: Radon testing kits can detect if there are dangerously high levels of radon in your home. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Radon is the most significant health risk homeowners face, and this month state leaders are encouraging residents to test their homes for the dangerous gas. According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, nearly 1,200 citizens die annually from radon-related lung cancer.

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