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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

Bishop Hill Wind Farm opened last September, bringing more than nearly $2 million in revenue to Henry County IL. Photo Credit: Tina Kanaby, MFG wind

LISLE, Ill. - At the end of last year, there were reports of layoffs in the wind power industry because of uncertainty over whether Congress would continue the wind power production tax credit that was expiring in December. But now that the credit has been extended for a year, wind power is picking

Nancy Funk AARP volunteer speaking about IL proposed rate hikes                Courtesy of: AARP IL
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CHICAGO - With deregulation of electric-power providers comes a lot of confusion over utility bills, and consumer groups say con artists are coming out of the woodwork, offering people deals or threatening to turn off the lights unless an immediate payment is made. According to Scott Musser, assoc

Peters Heating and Air Conditioning, Quincy specializes in geothermal technology and employs 180                Courtesy of: ELPC

CHICAGO - As Illinoisans celebrate Earth Day today, environmentalists look back at the progress that they've made. Over the years, since that first Earth Day in 1970, some people have tried to paint environmentalists as "radicals" who didn't really understand the economy. But according to Howard Lea

Around 500 Midwestern companies are building rail cars or components for high-speed rail  Courtesy of: ELPC

CHICAGO - In the next few years, taking a trip to St. Louis may be a lot quicker, thanks to high-speed rail. The federal government is investing nearly $800 million to jump-start high-speed rail projects, and a new report by the Environmental Law and Policy Center says that means thousands of new jo

PHOTO: A protest by the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The installation of so-called smart meters to monitor electric use by power companies is being hotly debated in Illinois and around the country. Those devices wirelessly transmit customers' electric-power use data directly to the power company. Kim Bendis, a Naperville resident

Hunter Haven Farm, Pearl City, Illinois

PEARL CITY, Ill. - Farmers in Illinois and around the nation are watching as the U.S. House takes up its version of the national Farm Bill this week. When the House Agriculture Committee starts work on the measure it will considers deeper cuts than in the Farm Bill that passed in the Senate. One c

CHICAGO - It was only about 15 years ago that the first hybrid vehicle rolled into Illinois, and now just about everyone knows someone who drives one. Pretty soon, many Illinois drivers may be plugging in rather than filling up. Automakers are selling several new electric car models this year and ma

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - During this week's veto session of the state legislature, Illinois lawmakers are being asked to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the "smart grid" legislation. It would pay to upgrade the state's electrical system through automatic rate hikes. Consumer groups don't like the

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