Peter Gray http://northernpublicradio.org en Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/will-cougars-black-bears-and-gray-wolves-be-protected-illinois <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Nov. 21 photo of male mountain lion, euthanized by IDNR " data-attribution="Credit Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/112113_DNR_lion2.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources wants to add black bears, gray wolves and cougars to the state's list of protected species. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:33:44 +0000 Peter Gray 45043 at http://northernpublicradio.org Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois? Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/drones-coming-soon-farm-near-you <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.<p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Tech-savvy farmers have been waiting for years for the government to make up its mind about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:12:39 +0000 Peter Gray 45003 at http://northernpublicradio.org Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You? DOT Extends Fuel Emergency As Propane Costs Fall http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dot-extends-fuel-emergency-propane-costs-fall <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="36 of 50 states will have weather-related propane emergencies in place through the middle of March" data-attribution="Credit wikipedia.org" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201402/Propane_delivery_truck.jpg" alt="" /><p>Truckers delivering much-needed heating fuel to homes and businesses throughout the Midwest will remain on the road longer now that the federal government has extended regional <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/alerts/emergency-declarations.aspx">e Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Peter Gray 43791 at http://northernpublicradio.org DOT Extends Fuel Emergency As Propane Costs Fall Cougar Under The Corn Crib: DNR Says Landowners Called The Shots http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cougar-under-corn-crib-dnr-says-landowners-called-shots <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The 5-6 ft. male cat found near Morrison, Ill." data-attribution="Credit Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://wuis.org/sites/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/112113_DNR_lion2.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dept. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:49:44 +0000 Peter Gray 39394 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cougar Under The Corn Crib: DNR Says Landowners Called The Shots Illinois Pumpkins On Thanksgiving Tables http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-pumpkins-thanksgiving-tables <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption=""Pumpkin Capital of the World"" data-attribution="Credit Peter Gray/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/LibbysPlantWeb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:20:39 +0000 Peter Gray 39099 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Pumpkins On Thanksgiving Tables Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports http://northernpublicradio.org/post/kids-and-concussions-advocate-pushes-limits-hits-high-school-sports Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion.<p>But responding quickly <em>after</em> a hard hit isn&#39;t enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to<em> prevent</em> injury to still-developing brains.<p>In the latest report from the WUIS Health Desk, Peter Gray reports on a push for Illinois to follow the NFL and other states in limiting days of full contact football practice.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2013/10/IE-Concussions.mp3" class="asset-audio"> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:11:07 +0000 Peter Gray 37279 at http://northernpublicradio.org Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports Honeybee Health In Illinois: A Tale Of Two Apiaries http://northernpublicradio.org/post/honeybee-health-illinois-tale-two-apiaries The stakes are high for honeybees.<p>A <a href="http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/winter-loss-survey-2012-2013/">survey conducted by the USDA</a> shows apiaries continue to lose nearly one third of hives each year.<p>That has led <a href="http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_global/">some environmental activists</a> to push for further restrictions on a pesticide used to treat seed corn.<p>As Peter Gray reports from the WUIS Harvest Desk, two central Illinois beekeepers are seeing very different results as they work to keep bees healthy in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_Belt">Mid Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:18:34 +0000 Peter Gray 34677 at http://northernpublicradio.org Honeybee Health In Illinois: A Tale Of Two Apiaries