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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.







WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 19, 2013

Champaign Writing Rules For Backyard Chickens

By Sean Powers

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Two hens walk in a backyard in Urbana, where residents are allowed to raise chickens.

More communities are allowing residents to raise backyard chickens. Champaign recently gave the initial OK for its residents to do that, but city leaders must first come up with an ordinance for chicken owners to follow.



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