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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Today’s headlines: The FBI’s seizure of material from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home is becoming an issue in the Illinois governor’s race. Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, says he was “stunned” by Monday’s news that federal agents had raided the home of former President Donald Trump. Just a few days […]

A vaccine for Lyme disease is in its final clinical trial

Ticks that carry Lyme disease have been on the march, spreading into more forests and brush areas around the U.S. and Europe. But lovers of the outdoors could get a new weapon against Lyme, if a new vaccine candidate performs well. It aims to protect people as young as five. If it were to gain […]

Once a bipartisan issue, conservation has become controversial after Biden sets goal

Conservation has been a popular part of agriculture for decades. But it’s become controversial since the Biden administration announced a national conservation goal. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has spearheaded a movement that likens conservation to government control. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s60/audio/2022/07/30-by-30-opposition.wav Listen to this story here. LINCOLN – Neb. — It was Earth Day 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. […]

Trump says FBI agents raided his Mar-a-lago home in Florida

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that his Mar-a-lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., was raided by the FBI. The FBI has not confirmed the raid took place and did not immediately comment to NPR. In a statement put out by his political action committee, Trump said Mar-a-lago was “under […]

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox

The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox across the San Francisco Bay Area and some other U.S. communities. Before the COVID pandemic, wastewater sludge was thought to hold promise as an early […]

Summer nights are heating up — and that’s impacting crops and livestock

Climate experts say summer nights have gotten warmer. One study found the average minimum temperature in the United States has gotten warmer by 2.5 degrees over the last 50 years. For farmers, this means crops and livestock could suffer. This summer, warm nights hurt Kansas farmers and ranchers. Thousands of cattle were killed in June […]

Special ed teacher pathway targets specific teacher shortages at specific schools

ELGIN — Thousands of Illinois students with disabilities have to learn in a classroom without a special education teacher or with an educator who doesn’t have the right teaching license. Those kids — who may have physical or cognitive disabilities — count on and are legally entitled to specially-designed instruction. Last year, Illinois school districts […]

When it comes to chemical fertilizer – less is more, new study says

Farmers can use far less chemical fertilizer — which can be expensive and harmful to the environment — and maintain high crop yields, according to a new study. The findings of a new, long-term academic study may lay some farmers’ fears to rest: farming regeneratively, or farming in ways that benefits soil, water and air quality, doesn’t […]

Democrats passed a major climate, health and tax bill. Here’s what’s in it

Updated August 7, 2022 at 3:18 PM ET WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, after weeks of negotiations to revive the core of their election-year agenda, passed a spending bill which would attempt to tackle climate change, the high cost of prescription drugs and lower the deficit by roughly $300 billion. Late Saturday night and into Sunday […]

Gas prices are finally dropping. Here are 4 things to know

WASHINGTON — Filling your gas tank is not as painful as it used to be. Gasoline prices, which hit a record high earlier this summer, have fallen sharply in recent weeks. They are now below $4 a gallon in parts of the country, even as the national average remains above that level. https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2022/08/20220803_atc_gas_prices.mp3 Listen to […]

The third monkeypox case in Champaign County is at a daycare center

CHAMPAIGN — An adult employee at a daycare facility in Rantoul has come down with monkeypox. The “patient is doing well and the case poses little risk to general public,” the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced on Friday. They’re currently investigating the case.  According to The News-Gazette, it’s the state’s first case of monkeypox at […]

The job market got even better, in a surprisingly positive sign for the economy

WASHINGTON — The pace of hiring unexpectedly surged last month, as the U.S. job market showed surprising strength in the face of high inflation and softening economic activity. Employers added 528,000 jobs in July according to the Labor Department — a significant acceleration from the previous month. Job gains for May and June were also […]