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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Public News Service - IL: Media Reform

Alden Global Capital controls more than 100 local and regional newspapers, and the number of staff members at those papers has been reduced by more than twice the national industry average since 2012. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO - A hedge fund's purchase of the Chicago Tribune is in the works - but until it becomes official, members of the Chicago Tribune Guild are hoping local, civic-minded owners will step in. Even before announcing the agreement, Alden Global Capital had become the largest shareholder of Tribune

The fight to reinstate net neutrality soon will move to another phase as the current session of Congress comes to a close. (Wikimedia)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The fight in Congress to save net neutrality this year ends as the session ends on Friday - but supporters are pushing U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and 15 other Democrats to go on record in support of it. Schneider is one of 16 Democratic holdouts who did not sign onto the petition

New research shows some international news coverage unnecessarily links the Islamic faith to acts of extremist violence. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the March Madness basketball tournament under way, social justice advocates are releasing their own version of the Elite Eight: the eight most-quoted sources in news articles about extremism. To create their list, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) looked throug

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o

Opponents say HR 2666 in Congress would ban the FCC from investigating customer complaints over Internet service. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Congress is considering a bill that an Illinois consumer watchdog group says could prevent legitimate complaints about Internet access from being investigated. Supporters of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois sa

A consumer watchdog group is urging customers to petition their Internet providers to forgo potential plans for data caps. (iStockphoto)

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CHICAGO – A consumer watchdog group in Illinois is asking Internet users to sign a petition aimed at convincing Internet service providers, or ISPs, to drop potential plans for data caps and new overage charges. This comes as one of the country's largest ISPs, Comcast, is rolling out new dat

PHOTO: Activists in Urbana-Champaign say social movements like Black Lives Matter depend on the open Internet as a powerful public voice for social change. A rally on Saturday will support 'net neutrality,' in anticipation of the FCC's scheduled vote next week. Photo credit: Danielle Chynoweth.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — From Snapchat and YouTube to video games and Netflix, the Internet is the go-to source of entertainment for today's generation. But it also has become a critical tool for social change. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to pass rules that w

PHOTO: The Illinois Telecommunications Act is up for review this year, and consumer groups are concerned big telecommunication companies will push for the elimination of low-cost home phone service. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois consumer groups say they are worried that state lawmakers will allow the cord to be cut on home phone service. The Illinois Telecommunications Act will expire this year. Jim Chilsen, consumer director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board, said the review wil

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