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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - IL: Health Issues

Questions about Medicare coverage? Informational meetings are scheduled across Illinois through October. (aarp.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As older folks in Illinois age and make more trips to their local hospital or to see a doctor, questions may come up about their health care options and insurance coverage. Courtney Hedderman, the associate state director for advocacy and outreach with AARP Illinois, says

Car manufacturers are required to have at least three anchors for straps that hold child car seats. (V.Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The majority of forward-facing car seats aren't being used properly, despite the strong emphasis on education on the topic, and a desire by parents and caregivers to keep children safe. Safe Kids Worldwide has launched a campaign called "Take Time to Tether" to encourage every

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

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

Time is of the essence when someone suffers a stroke, or the part of the brain it strikes can die. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – About 1 in 3 American adults experience a symptom consistent with a warning or mini stroke, but very few – 3 percent – take the recommended action, according to a recent survey from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Cardiovascular

Younger Americans say they tend to check work email often while on vacation. (Sierra Neely)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and that means many people are planning or already taking vacations. Some advice: Turn off the electronics and leave work behind. A new survey from Accountemps finds 54 percent of workers said they typically check in

Attorneys are busy preparing a lawsuit that would require the State Illinois to ensure better medical care for people in prison. (ACLU)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates for the nearly 50,000 people incarcerated in Illinois say they won't give up the fight to ensure those people receive good medical and dental care. A federal judge recently ruled that long standing problems must be addressed by improving the entire prison health

Obesity affects one in three Americans and causes a variety of illnesses. (nih.gov)

CHICAGO – More than one in three adults in the U.S. are considered to be obese, and a new study suggests those who are struggling to lose weight might benefit if their doctors stayed in touch with them about the importance of eating a healthy diet. In the study, one group of patients was giv

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