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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - IL: Animal Welfare

After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum

Millions of dollars are heading to Illinois wildlife projects, including saving the endangered osprey. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Several Midwestern states, including Illinois, are getting millions of dollars to help protect fishing, hunting and wildlife areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is setting aside $21 million for conservation efforts in Illinois. Over the past two years, the Service's Wildli

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin,

An animal-rights group says Illinois is once again leading the nation in legal protections for pets. (AlinaGolovko/Morgufile.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - For the eighth year in a row, Illinois is topping the list of states that are doing the most to bolster animal-protection laws. A new report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund shows that, overall, the country is doing better by its pets - but especially Illinois. Lora Dunn, staf

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, alleging numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – An Illinois animal exhibitor is facing numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against the owners of Woody's Menagerie in Mulberry Grove, a traveling educational wildlife exhibit featuring exotic animals. L

A rare dragonlfy is being released into the wild in Illinois. Credit: Mike Ostrowski/Wikimedia

LOCKPORT, Ill. – Ecologists are working to boost the population of a rare dragonfly in Illinois. The Hine's emerald dragonfly is federally endangered, and is found in just a few states. Researchers at the University of South Dakota incubated eggs from Wisconsin in a lab, and are now releasing

PHOTO: Animal-welfare organizations are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that would allow  bobcat-hunting in Illinois for the first time in four decades. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Animal-welfare groups are pleading with Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that would allow bobcat hunting in Illinois for the first time in four decades. House Bill 352 reverses the state's ban on commercial trapping and sport-hunting of bobcats, a move supporters say is needed t

PHOTO: Bees are disappearing in Illinois and around the globe, and scientists say a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids are contributing to the decline in bee colonies.  Photo credit: miniperium/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The sound of a buzzing bee may signal the threat of a sting, but it also means the important pollinators are doing their job as part of a balanced ecosystem. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications director with Environment America, says not only do bees keep gardens beautiful, t

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