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PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - IL: Toxics

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

Environmentalists are claiming a win now that a federal judge is allowing them to weigh in on the largest U.S. coal producer's bankruptcy hearings. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign. The company is filing for bankruptcy and has

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

The number of children in Illinois using and becoming sick from e-cigarettes is on the rise. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – More young children in Illinois are being poisoned by electronic cigarettes, according to the Illinois Poison Center. Last year, the Center received more than 80 calls related to children under age six who were exposed to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Danny

As heroin use continues to rise in Illinois, a private substance abuse network is opening one of the first so-called sober dorms in the Midwest. (iStockphoto)

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CHICAGO - A sober-living residence program for college-age adults is expanding in Illinois. The so-called sober dorm is slated to open in early July on Chicago's north side. The privately-funded recovery home will be run by the Rosecrance Health Network. This comes on the heels of a Roosevelt Univ

According to the American Lung Association, more than a million people in Illinois are living with health issues exacerbated by serious air-pollution problems. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Air quality in Illinois is a mixed bag, according to the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. Out of 23 Illinois counties with air-quality monitors, the report gives 16 failing grades for high ozone pollution. Nationally, the Chicago area ranked 21st

With the U.S. Senate stalling the so-called DARK Act, opponents of the bill are calling it a big win for consumers. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that opponents call the DARK Act, or Deny Americans the Right to Know. The bill would have reversed some strict genetically modified food laws that some states already have passed. It also would have prohibited other states from apply

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin,

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