U.S. Representative Rodney Davis

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April 22, 2019 - News Local/State

Davis Hopes Agent Orange Benefits For “Blue Water” Vietnam Vets Passes Congress This Year

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois' 13th District says he hopes a new version of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act makes to the president’s desk this year. The measure would restore easy access to Agent Orange disability benefits for tens of thousands of Navy veterans who served on coastal waters in the Vietnam War.

April 22, 2019 - The 21st Show

Schools Helping Homeless Families; A Conversation With NPR’s Scott Simon; How Bad Are White Lies?

More than 50,000 students in Illinois dealt with homelessness last year. And now, one school district is using a state law to help families find housing by using money in their transportation budget. And if you’re a regular NPR listener, you know the voice of Scott Simon. But, you may not know he has roots here in Illinois. Plus, we’ve all told little white lies. But according to new research from the University of Chicago, the whole truth and nothing but the truth might be the best way to go.

grocery store

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April 22, 2019 - News Local/State

U Of I Researcher Receives Million-Dollar Grant To Address Food Insecurity

Nearly 1 in 8 Americans don’t have enough food because of lack of money or other resources, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A University of Illinois professor said he’s hopeful a new million-dollar grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research will lead to a better understanding of how to reduce food insecurity nationwide.

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April 22, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Lawmaker Wants Clearer Labeling For Sesame

Around 150,000 children have an allergy to sesame, a study from Northwestern University shows. A proposal at the Illinois Statehouse could help parents and children avoid foods with the ingredient.

Cover crops emerge early on fields and help keep soil and nutrients in place.

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April 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Farmers Using More Conservation Techniques Despite Lower Enrollment In Federal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released 2017 Census of Agriculture data show the amount of land in the largest federal conservation programs has decreased nationwide and in many Midwest and Plains states. But that doesn’t mean farmers are ignoring soil health, nutrient runoff or erosion problems.

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