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Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - October 21, 2013

Ranchers Wonder If U.S. Sheep Industry Has Bottomed Out

The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.

By Luke Runyon

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Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has plummeted by one half. The sheep industry has actually been declining since the late 1940s, when it hit its peak.

Categories: Agriculture, Animals, Business
Tags: sheep


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - October 09, 2013

Veterinarians Say Health Law’s Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

This story was reported in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

By Phil Galewitz

Veterinarian Dr. Gaylord Brown examines Mickey, a cat with diabetes, at Leo Grillo's DELTA (Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals) Rescue complex in Acton, Calif.

Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most of whom are uninsured.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

By John Burnett

Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.




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