A Nebraska researcher examines experimental wheat grown in a greenhouse.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media (File)

July 19, 2018

Ag Researchers Say Breakthroughs Are Possible, But Only If There’s Funding

Scientific research could deliver transformative technologies to the food system over the next decade, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Advances in things like gene editing, data sharing and microbiology could make crops more resilient to climate change and livestock more environmentally sustainable.


Discolored groundwater leaching into a river

photo courtesy of Eco-Justice Collaborative

July 19, 2018

Violation Notice Issued For Alleged Contamination At Vermilion Power Station

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued a violation notice to Vistra Energy Corporation for alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act at the Vermilion Power Station near Oakwood, Illinois. In May the Illinois EPA conducted a stream survey of the Middle Fork Vermilion River near three coal ash ponds owned by Vistra, and found water with “heavily stained reddish-brown discoloration” seeping from the riverbank. The violation notice says the seeps were discharging into the river, staining sediment and rocks, and creating “offensive conditions in the Middle Fork.”


Rogelio V. Solis/AP

July 18, 2018

Fast Food ‘No Poaching’ Clauses; Trade Wars & Farmers; Small Town ‘Brain Gain’

On the 21st: We discussed the small clause in an employee contract that prevents fast food workers from moving to different franchise locations. Plus, how this turbulent year in trade policy has affected farmers in the state. And, how some small towns in Illinois and across the country are working to reverse brain drain in their respective communities.


The cover of the report from the Secret Service.

US Secret Service

July 18, 2018

Terrorism Task Force Takes On School Safety

Last week, the U.S. Secret Service released a guide for preventing school violence. Issued in response to recent massacres in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, it’s subtitled “An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.”


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Ronald Woan, Daniel X. O’Neil (CC BY 2.0)

July 18, 2018

Illinois AG: DOJ Withholding Money From The State Over Immigration Policies

Champaign Police Sgt. Geoff Coon said he’s waiting on roughly $50,000 in federal grant money that’s due to the central Illinois police department. Another agency that uses the funding to pay for programs that focus on recidivism and re-entry and community-based violence intervention programs in the Rockford area also hasn’t received their funding this year.


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