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Updates with DROUGHT-DEAD FISH story moving Sunday for Monday.
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BIG LIVESTOCK FARMS-FIGHT
Across the country, neighbors are clashing with neighbors over concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, where animals are confined to barns or outdoor pens. Some of the largest can hold thousands of cattle or tens of thousands of hogs and generate more waste than many cities, prompting complaints that gases are causing health problems and that manure runoff pollutes waterways and wells. In Illinois, there are thousands of CAFOs, with applications pending for dozens more. "I'm hesitant to call it a farm," says a Springfield-area resident who sued to block one of the facilities. "I refer to it as a factory because I believe that's really what it is." By Tammy Webber.
With: ILLINOIS LIVESTOCK-GLANCE, facts about factory-scale farming in Illinois.
Moved in advance for Monday or thereafter
CLOSER LOOK-ASSAULT WEAPONS
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has taken the dramatic step of proposing a ban on assault-style weapons after the horrifying massacre of movie fans at a Colorado theater. But his proposal faces plenty of big hurdles as well as questions about whether it would really do much to reduce crime. By Christopher Wills.
NEW YORK — For a physician in Illinois, an attorney in Kentucky, an arts editor in Oregon, their Eagle Scout medals were treasured proof of youthful achievement. Yet each of them — and dozens of other former Eagle Scouts — are parting with their medals out of dismay over the Boy Scouts' recently reaffirmed policy of excluding gays. "I can no longer maintain any connection to an organization which actively promotes such a bigoted and misguided policy," wrote Dr. Robert Wise of Chicago. Despite these protests, however, there's little sign of any new form of outside pressure that might prompt the Boy Scouts to reconsider. Their powerful religious partners seem comfortable with the policy, and even liberal politicians are reluctant to press the issue amid a tense election campaign. 1,200 words, moving Aug. 3 for release Monday, Aug. 6. By National Writer David Crary.
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DROUGHT-DEAD FISH central
LINCOLN, Neb. — Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the nation's drought parches rivers and extreme heat raises water temperatures in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. Nearly 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials say they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon. By Grant Schulte. AP Photos.
FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, AUG. 6
CHAMPAIGN — A sweet potato or a bagful of fries? Sugary cereal or an egg? Good health involves making good food choices, but not everyone really knows how. "The message they got was from fast food corporations: Healthy food is expensive. Come eat here, we have a dollar menu," says Julie Munoz-Najar, a nutrition educator with the University of Illinois Extension. Munoz-Najar is the program director of a newly-launched nutrition education program in Champaign and Vermilion counties intended to teach lower-income families how to shop, cook and eat for better health. By Debra Pressey. The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
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KENT — Fred Domberger, Sr. holds the distinction of being the oldest resident living in the village of Kent. At 74 years of age, Domberger said he finds it amusing he is now the oldest living resident. Kent has been the home he has kept with his wife, Donna, since 1968. It is here, they raised their two children, Fred, Jr. and Vicki. Over the years, Domberger said he has watched businesses disappear, people move away. At one time, the thriving village of Kent was home to a lumber company, gas station, hardware store, tavern, barber shop, grocery store, welding shop, a feed store and a few other businesses. Today, all that remains is the Kent Bank, feed mill, post office and a cheese factory. By Jane Lethlean. The (Freeport) Journal-Standard.
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PALATINE — Preparing students for jobs that don't exist yet - that's Diana Sharp's challenge. The former Harper College assistant provost took over this month as principal of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. She's now leading the 25-year-old residential high school for gifted students as it works to educate young minds en route to scientific careers, even in fields yet to be imagined. Sharp, 57, of Batavia, said the school's environment and focus on STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, attracted her to make the switch from Harper. By Marie Wilson. (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.
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NORMAL — Drs. Anjuli and Nicholas Nayak have three sons. "Our fourth child is our charity," Nicholas Nayak said. The Nayaks are Twin City doctors known locally for Sneeze, Wheeze & Itch Associates, the Normal-based clinic that includes the medical practice of Anjuli, an allergist and immunologist, and a clinical research center involving both doctors. But in two regions of their native India, the Nayaks are better known for helping to develop a hospital and an orphanage. A nursing school opened on the new fourth floor of the hospital earlier this month. The next projects are a school, medical clinic and a new building for the orphanage. By Paul Swiech. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph.
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