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PNS Daily Newscast - March 3, 2021 


New bilingual outreach for LGBTQ+ community hard-hit by the pandemic; Texas Gov. Abbott declares an end to the Lone Star State's mask mandate.


2021Talks - March 3rd, 2021 


Supreme Court hears voting-rights cases, while the House considers election reforms; FBI says 'Antifa' wasn't involved on Jan. 6; COVID relief could pass this week; and background-check bills are introduced in both chambers.

Public News Service - IL: Disabilities

One in five Illinoisans lives with a physical or mental disability that affects their daily functioning. (Agence DER/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO – Legislation that has changed the lives of millions of Americans, including nearly one in five Illinoisans, marks its 29th anniversary today. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on June 26, 1990, and is considered the most significant piece of civil-rights legislat

Experts say talking it out is the first line of defense against depression. (cdc.gov)

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CHICAGO – 'Tis the season to be jolly, but not for everyone. The holiday season can actually exacerbate feelings of isolation and depression for some. People without strong family bonds may feel especially lonely during the holidays. Mirna Ballestas, a clinical psychologist and program d

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

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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

About 1 million people are living with Parkinson's disease in the United States. (Kelly Weinschreider)

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CHICAGO – Actor Michael J. Fox has drawn attention to a disease that plagues about 1 million people in the U.S. – Parkinson's. It's a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that causes shaking, tremors and a loss of balance. Parkinson's disease affects about 1 in 100 people, and o

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a bill on his desk that would allow people who are confined to their homes more choice when it comes to who takes care of them. (nc.gov)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Advocates are hoping the new year will bring with it a signature on a bill they say protects and strengthens supports for people with disabilities. Senate Bill 261 was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner early this month. The legislation was in response to Illinois' Department of Hu

A series of paintings and murals are being placed around the country to celebrate Americans who have sacrificed for others. (Mark Paul John)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – News coverage is all about the election this week, but it is also Veterans Day. Today's the day the country honors members of the military who have fought and sacrificed to protect everyone else. Mark Paul John is a self-taught artist who's traveling the country painting

Advocates say some long-term relationships between caregivers and home-bound residents are threatened because of the state's effort to cut overtime hours. (Virginia Carter)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) holds a public hearing today about overtime rules for the Home Services Program. It's a state program that sends home-care assistants to help people with severe disabilities. In May, the state put new rules into place limitin

Illinois officials suspended overtime restrictions affecting about 8,000 Illinois home-care workers the same day as a class-action lawsuit was to be filed over the rules. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory. The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to fil

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