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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


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


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - IL: Family/Father Issues

Advocates say some long-term relationships between caregivers and home-bound residents are threatened because of the state's effort to cut overtime hours. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) holds a public hearing today about overtime rules for the Home Services Program. It's a state program that sends home-care assistants to help people with severe disabilities. In May, the state put new rules into place limitin

A survey of Illinois teachers finds children who live in poverty have a hard time focusing in school and often have behavior problems. (Victoria Jordan)

CHICAGO – A new survey has found that poverty, community violence and unstable housing are the largest barriers to good education for Illinois kids. The nonprofit group Communities in Schools asked teachers, principals and school administrators across the country about the obstacles that get

Advocates say two new laws will help protect health-care options for women in Illinois. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois reproductive-rights advocates are claiming a win after Governor Bruce Rauner signed new laws aimed at improving women's access to health care. One of the new laws, House Bill 5576, requires that insurance companies in Illinois have to provide coverage for nearly all

New research shows suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among young people. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among young people in Illinois and across the country, according to new research published today. The report, titled "Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents," updates an American Academy of Pediatrics report from 2007, when su

Immigration rights advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of Illinois families. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Immigration-rights advocates in Illinois are blasting Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. In a 4-4 tie vote, the justices allowed a lower court decision to stand that prevents the president from shielding about

New numbers show Illinois lags behind most of the country in providing free or reduced cost summer meals for children from lower-income families. (Illinois State Board of Education)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – About a third of all children in Illinois don't know where their next meal is coming from, and a new report says very few low-income children will be getting the food they need during the summer. The report, "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation," says last year, only 1 in 7 lo

A new report from disability-rights advocates say Illinois new overtime cuts are limiting the independence and health-care options of those who rely on home-care services. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows people with disabilities and the people hired to care for them are facing problems due to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new overtime policy for the Illinois' Home Services Program. A group of disability advocates released a new report detailing how about 30,000 Illinoi

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

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

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