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1:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms

Bat killed by a wind turbine on Buffalo Mountain in Tennessee
Chris M / http://www.flickr.com/photos/79666107@N00/1296634467/

Do you have any ideas about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines in Illinois, Wisconsin and six other Midwestern states?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it works with the states to develop a plan for habitat conservation while promoting clean energy.

Some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities. Fish and Wildlife representative Georgia Parham says one solution may be for wind energy companies to change how they operate turbines.

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3:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Cantaloupes suspected in salmonella outbreak

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck
idph.state.il.us

Illinois health officials are urging anyone with cantaloupes to inspect them following an outbreak of 17 cases identified in the state in 11 counties. Eight of the people are hospitalized.

Tainted cantaloupe from southwestern Indiana is the suspected source of the outbreak that has so far affected more than 140 people from 20 states. Symptoms of the illness include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Cases go back as far as July 7.

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6:16 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Expert says Illinois' drought won't end anytime soon

Illinois climatologist Jim Angel

Illinois is seeing slightly cooler temperatures following last week's hundred-degree days. But state climatologist Jim Angel says it appears the end of the drought is a long way off.

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6:35 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Digging up history in Rockton

Macktown Living History Dig--Rockton, IL
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

On a recent day, several adults are digging in the very dry ground, unearthing  a foundation at Macktown Living History in Rockton which overlooks the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers.

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5:01 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Illinoisans in better position to battle heat wave

NIU

Another heat wave is gripping northern Illinois this week.  While the extreme temperatures will create difficult conditions for many residents, a Northern Illinois University professor says residents are in a much better position to prevent heat-related fatalities than was the case more than 15 years ago. 

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2:59 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Drought worsens in Illinois, Wisconsin -- but there's a bright spot

The drought in southern Wisconsin has been officially declared severe, and all of Illinois is now officially in a drought … but there is one crop that seems to be doing fine despite the hot weather.

Officials at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska say Cook County is fully in a moderate drought for the first time this year. ... But that isn't the worst of it.

Far southern Illinois is designated as being in an exceptional drought, which is the most serious classification. 

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1:57 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

'Probable' case of measles reported in Winnebago County

What may be the first case of measles in two decades in Winnebago County is being investigated by the Winnebago County Health Department.

Sue Fuller, a spokesperson for the health department, reported that a physician confirmed the presence of a measles predecessor rash on a four-year-old child on June 30. The child also exhibited other symptoms consistent with the onset of measles, according to the physician’s report.

The last confirmed case of measles in Winnebago County was prior to 1994.

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1:25 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Redness, foam in area rivers rare but OK

If you’ve been worried about foam and a red cast in some of the branches of the Kishwaukee and Rock Rivers,you can relax.

It is not, according to the Illinois EPA, due to some unreported industrial or agricultural release. The EPA says investigations have determined that these are rare but natural occurrences. In this case, weather and water conditions in northwestern Illinois have been just right to promote growth of a particular type of algae.

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12:22 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Nothin' fishy here: Shedd Aquarium is free this week

One of Chicago's top tourist attractions is offering a free week for Illinois residents.

The Shedd Aquarium has free general admission through Sunday. That includes its "Waters of the World" and "Amazon Rising" exhibits. The Aquarium will also offer discounted admission to other exhibits including the Abbott Oceanarium and "Jellies," which showcases several kinds of jelly fish.

The aquarium is also extending its hours through Wednesday. The Shedd will be open until 8 p.m.

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6:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

How dry we are! Red Flag Warnings explained

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste
Media Services Northern Illinois University

A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.

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