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PNS Daily Newscast - July 28, 2017 


The stories on our rundown today: The stories on our rundown today: Senate efforts to reform health-care stand on the brink of collapse; the U.S. Justice Department says civil-rights law doesn’t protect gay and lesbian workers; and farms adapt to the high cost of doing business.

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Illinois has been in the nation's longest state-budget deadlock since the Great Depression, and not much headway was made over the holiday weekend. (Meagan Davis/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Finally, a budget bill has passed both houses of the Illinois Legislature, but the battle is far from over. The $36 billion spending plan raises the income tax rate to 4.95 percent, a 32 percent increase. Gov. Bruce Rauner took less than two hours on Tuesday to veto it, only to

A letter to President Donald Trump asks that he promote science education, and champion policies that allow more women to pursue scientific careers. (500womenscientists)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A movement that started among friends concerned about how women were sometimes labeled and treated during the presidential campaign has turned into an effort to empower young girls, and steer them toward careers in science and technology. The group 500 Women Scientists be

Seven students arrested in Chicago on Tuesday after a protest have been released from custody. (Resist Trump Tuesdays)

CHICAGO – Seven college students were arrested on Tuesday after they refused to leave the lobby of the Federal Building in downtown Chicago. They were among hundreds of people who gathered to protest President Donald Trump's choice of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. University of Ch

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

Two reports look at school segregation and have different answers for how to deal with it. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An education think tank has taken a closer look at a report on school segregation that came out this fall from the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. It found that poverty, not race, is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improvin

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

About 57 percent of MAP grant recipients in Illinois are first-generation college students. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State lawmakers recently provided some relief to students eligible for Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grants, but other students are still uncertain about their college-funding plans. Stopgap funding recently signed into law covered funding for all 2015-2016 MAP claims,

This month a group of immigrant students in Chicago will be learning how to become advocates for their communities. (American Friends Service Committee)

CHICAGO - As immigration issues continue to top national conversations on the presidential campaign trail, one group is looking to train the next generation of immigration activists in Illinois. In all, 28 students from the Chicago Public Schools system will be working on becoming advocates for chan

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