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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - IL: Water

Attention is being drawn to a precious commodity to many across the globe: water. (bloodwater.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Wednesday is World Water Day, and Illinoisans are being asked to step up conservation to help people in this country and all over the world. According to the U.N, there are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. Although it's not

A new report gives Illinois a 'D' grade for efforts to reduce lead in drinking water, although recent actions have been taken. (dmsschools.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., a new report says lead in schools' drinking water is a pervasive problem – and it gives Illinois a 'D' grade for policies to address the issue. The Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public In

A study shows every year 11 million pounds of plastic pollution go into Lake Michigan. (noaa.gov)

CHICAGO – Environmental groups are hoping a New Year's resolution for 2017 will be to keep the Great Lakes cleaner. A report by Rochester Institute of Technology estimates 22 million pounds of plastic end up in the lakes every year. The study also shows debris travels differently in the Gr

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

Advocates are urging people to let the country's leaders know how much they value clean water. (globalchange.gov)

CHICAGO – There's a lot of uncertainty since the results of the presidential election became known, but instead of worrying about what might happen, an advocacy group for the Great Lakes says now is the time to make sure your local, state and national leaders know that clean drinking water nee

Massive sand erosion is eating away at the wildlife habitat areas of Illinois' State Beach Park. A new regional plan aims to reverse that trend. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help. For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand alo

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,

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

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