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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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New research shows some international news coverage unnecessarily links the Islamic faith to acts of extremist violence. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the March Madness basketball tournament under way, social justice advocates are releasing their own version of the Elite Eight: the eight most-quoted sources in news articles about extremism. To create their list, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) looked throug

Illinois' Public Access Bureau worked through about 4,770 requests over the state's Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's Sunshine Week, when civic groups focus on the need for open government and celebrate the Freedom of Information laws, including those in Illinois. According to a report released this week by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, her office in 2015 helped resolve a majority o

Opponents say HR 2666 in Congress would ban the FCC from investigating customer complaints over Internet service. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Congress is considering a bill that an Illinois consumer watchdog group says could prevent legitimate complaints about Internet access from being investigated. Supporters of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois sa

A consumer watchdog group is urging customers to petition their Internet providers to forgo potential plans for data caps. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO – A consumer watchdog group in Illinois is asking Internet users to sign a petition aimed at convincing Internet service providers, or ISPs, to drop potential plans for data caps and new overage charges. This comes as one of the country's largest ISPs, Comcast, is rolling out new dat

PHOTO: Activists in Urbana-Champaign say social movements like Black Lives Matter depend on the open Internet as a powerful public voice for social change. A rally on Saturday will support 'net neutrality,' in anticipation of the FCC's scheduled vote next week. Photo credit: Danielle Chynoweth.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — From Snapchat and YouTube to video games and Netflix, the Internet is the go-to source of entertainment for today's generation. But it also has become a critical tool for social change. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to pass rules that w

PHOTO: The Illinois Telecommunications Act is up for review this year, and consumer groups are concerned big telecommunication companies will push for the elimination of low-cost home phone service. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois consumer groups say they are worried that state lawmakers will allow the cord to be cut on home phone service. The Illinois Telecommunications Act will expire this year. Jim Chilsen, consumer director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board, said the review wil

PHOTO: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending the strongest open-Internet regulations ever proposed by the agency, which would classify the web the same as any other utility. Photo credit: Blalse Alleyene/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to reclassify the Internet the same as a utility, which would improve access for rural Illinoisans. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced yesterday he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Com

PHOTO: At an event in Chicago today, international privacy and encryption experts will discuss how Illinoisans can protect themselves from online surveillance. Photo credit: morgue file.

CHICAGO - In the age of mobile phones, laptops and tablets, privacy experts have warned that government and commercial entities are able to monitor and collect data on almost anyone. International experts will gather at a conference today at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to teach students and jour

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