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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - IL: Energy Policy

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Residential power customers in Illinois will now have some choices, both for the type of energy they use to power their homes and which company provides it. In 2002, the state deregulated the residential electricity market, but competition has remained scarce. However, that's abo

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Drivers used to see nothing but farmhouses and fields on road trips through Illinois, but now the landscape is dotted with huge wind turbines. The first one was powered up in 2003, and today Illinois is home to more than 1,000 turbines on 13 wind farms. They provide enough renewa

URBANA, Ill. - As Midwest residents celebrate Earth Day, researchers continue to explore the realm of sustainable energy sources. Windmills are harnessing energy in downstate Illinois, and the latest innovation is crude oil made out of pig manure. A portion of the outer road on Interstate 44 on the

CHICAGO - Environmental advocacy groups say Chicago stands to become the only large city in the United States that will fail to meet new limits for air pollution, proposed Monday by the Obama administration. The limits are intended to help people suffering from asthma and other respiratory illnesses

CHICAGO - Global warming may not be the only good reason to get away from burning coal for energy generation. According to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility, coal has deadly effects on human health. By studying the impact of coal pollution on major human organ systems, researche

Chicago, IL - It's been a relatively cool summer in Chicago and many other Midwestern cities, but a new study says the area is at risk of sweltering summers that could turn deadly. The report, by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the group Physicians for Social Responsibility, predicts risi

CHICAGO - Fossil fuels are taking a bite out of pocketbooks in Illinois: The state's total tab is on track to exceed $1 trillion between 2010 and 2030. That's according to a new report released by Environment Illinois that tallies up how much consumers and businesses are spending on oil, natural gas

Chicago, IL – It's money that cash-strapped Illinois could use. A new line-item comparison of the 2008 federal budget with President Obama's recently proposed 2010 budget shows big changes - including increases in renewable energy - and that means real cash for states. According to numbers f

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