WSIU News Afternoon Update for June 3, 2024 in Carbondale, IL

    enJune 03, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • US Senate bill on contraceptivesGovernors Pritzker and Healey support a US Senate bill protecting Americans' access to contraceptives, which can prevent various health issues and family planning. Critics have concerns about carbon capture and storage, but researchers are working on biodegradable plastic alternatives. Speaker Johnson believes the Trump trial verdict won't affect the elections.

      Two governors, JB Pritzker of Illinois and Maura Healey of Massachusetts, recently voiced their support for a US Senate bill aimed at protecting Americans' right to access contraceptives. The bill, which includes birth control pills and emergency contraception, also shields healthcare providers. According to Healey, this legislation is crucial for women's health and can be used for family planning as well as preventing various health issues, such as ovarian and endometrial cancers. Meanwhile, Illinois lawmakers have passed a bill to regulate and protect the process of carbon capture and storage, which aims to tackle global warming by storing CO2 underground. However, critics have raised concerns about potential contamination of water and soil. In the realm of environmental science, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are working on engineering microbes to produce biodegradable plastic alternatives. Lastly, US Speaker of the House Mike Johnson expressed confidence that the guilty verdict in Donald Trump's trial would not negatively impact the November elections, as the Trump campaign reported record donations following the announcement.

    • Democratic donations, Illinois tax creditThe Democratic Party sees an influx of online donations from motivated individuals, while Illinois residents receive an increase in a popular state tax credit to help with inflation and cost of living.

      The Democratic Party is receiving a large number of first-time online donations from motivated individuals, despite recent legal setbacks for former President Trump. Meanwhile, Illinois residents will benefit from an increase in a popular state tax credit, which had previously been frozen. This increase, worth about $70 for a family of four, aims to help keep up with inflation and the rising cost of living. Elsewhere, a fire at a lumberyard in southeastern Illinois resulted in no injuries but left a significant community resource destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Despite these events, the political landscape continues to evolve, with potential legal challenges to recent verdicts and ongoing efforts to address the needs and concerns of everyday people.

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