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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014

Will California Drought Prompt More Midwest Agriculture?

By Monica Eng

Shoppers pick through season-end tomatoes at the Chicago Farmers market in Federal Plaza Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Chicago. The market is open on Tuesdays through the end of October.

At a Chicago area farmers market in July you won’t see many signs of the California drought. This is the time of year when produce lovers can pretty much gorge on all the local cherries, blueberries and zucchini they want.


NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014

EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

By Bill Chappell

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance states that employers who allow parental leave must provide it to men and women equally.

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. For the first time in 30 years, the agency has updated its rules against pregnancy discrimination.

Categories: Business, Government

Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014

Growing Influence: Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

By Jeremy Bernfeld, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

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K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear. With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 16, 2014

FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

By Elise Hu

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(Duration: 1:49)

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler.

A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. But the tech problems are buying those who want to weigh in some extra time — the deadline for public commenting is now Friday at midnight.



Harvest Public Media - Illinois Public Media News - July 15, 2014

Growing Influence: Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

By Peggy Lowe, with additional reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

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(Duration: 4:53)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.





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