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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - IL: Climate Change/Air Quality

The 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline route begins in North Dakota and ends up in Illinois. (epa.gov)

DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. – Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continued over the holiday weekend, and hundreds have been arrested, but environmental advocates in Illinois are urging a show of support. The 1,200-mile pipeline would carry oil across four states to a shipping point in Marion

A move to bring more energy efficiency, including solar power, to Illinois under the Clean Power Plan could save commercial building owners millions of dollars by 2030, according to new research. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chicago is one of the world's most iconic city skylines, but a new report shows Illinois could do more to make those towering commercial buildings more eco-friendly - and save money in the process. New research from Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy estimated Illinoi

Environmentalists are claiming a win now that a federal judge is allowing them to weigh in on the largest U.S. coal producer's bankruptcy hearings. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign. The company is filing for bankruptcy and has

A move to allow downstate Illinois energy customers access to their usage data on smartphones and tablets via Smart Meters is being debated this month before the state's Commerce Commission. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois environmental protection group is continuing a push to get one of the state's largest energy providers to adopt new ways for customers to get real-time data on their electricity use. The idea has already been adopted by ComEd, which serves millions of customers in

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

According to the American Lung Association, more than a million people in Illinois are living with health issues exacerbated by serious air-pollution problems. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Air quality in Illinois is a mixed bag, according to the new State of the Air report from the American Lung Association. Out of 23 Illinois counties with air-quality monitors, the report gives 16 failing grades for high ozone pollution. Nationally, the Chicago area ranked 21st

Overall, asthma rates are dropping among youth in the U.S., but the opposite is true for country's poorest children. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Asthma rates for most children in the U.S. appear to be on the decline, but among the country's poorest children those rates are actually rising. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found what they call a "significantly incre

The BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. is no longer sending petcoke to South Chicago, but environmentalists are keeping an eye on where it's heading now. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Earlier this year, BP announced it would stop sending petcoke waste to a dumping site in Chicago. But now tons of the oil-refining waste is on the move across the country from a BP facility in Whiting, Indiana, and the Natural Resources Defense Council is watching. The group worked with

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