A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
Flickr/ocean yamaha/(CC BY 2.0)
April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
March 16, 2017

School Violence and Bullying; Galesburg Water Update; Illinois Tornado Check-In

On The 21st: We learned about how the recent death of a Centennial High School student has sparked conversations about bullying, and had a wide-ranging discussion about the root of the problem and what can be done about it. We also learned about how the city of Galesburg has been trying to address lead in their water, and checked in with the LaSalle County Nursing Home about the last two weeks since a tornado touched down in their town.


Image of tornado hitting a structure Southwest of Homer.
Jeff Frame
March 06, 2017

National Weather Service Looking For Severe Weather Spotters

It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois.  The state saw its first round of severe weather last week when tornadoes killed three people.  The National Weather Service is looking for severe weather spotters to help give people advance warning of severe weather.


Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
February 17, 2017

Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate approved Pruitt on a 52-46 vote on Friday afternoon, with two Democrats — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — voting for his nomination. Republican Susan Collins of Maine voted no.


Beekeepers Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels are trying to breed a honey bee that is more resilient to colder climates.
Kathryn Boyd-Batstone/Oregon Public Broadcasting
February 16, 2017

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

"The long-standing assumption is that fungicides won't be toxic to insects," says May Berenbaum, an entomologist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. But Berenbaum and her colleagues found, in a study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that fungicides can harm bees by making it harder for them to metabolize their food.


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