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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 16, 2014

Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

By Aarti Shahani

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(Duration: 4:20)

Jeff Blank, of Los Angeles-based Drone Dudes, prepares a quadcopter for takeoff. The drone has to chase a motorcycle down a hill.

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.

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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - May 05, 2014

Drone Journalism Can’t Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

By Elise Hu

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(Duration: 4:34)

Matt Waite (standing at right) leads the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

What was once experimental is now becoming more common: Journalists and photographers are increasingly putting small commercial drones in the air to shoot photo and video. But when they do, they're on shaky legal ground. Federal regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes — including reporting — as they work to write longer term guidelines on who can fly small drones, and where.


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - May 05, 2014

911 Call Centers Struggle As People Ditch Landlines

By Ryan Weber

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(Duration: 0:52)

As more people ditch their landline phones for cell phones, 911 call centers are struggling to maintain services. That is because wireless phone lines in Illinois are often taxed at a lower rate than landlines. There’s a push to change that rate.



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