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Madelyn Beck

Madelyn Beck is a regional Illinois reporter, based in Galesburg. On top of her work for Harvest Public Media, she also contributes to WVIK, Tri-States Public Radio and the Illinois Newsroom collaborative.

Beck grew up on a small cattle ranch in Manhattan, Montana. Her previous work was mostly based in the western U.S., but she has covered agriculture, environment and health issues from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

Before joining Harvest and the Illinois Newsroom, she was as an energy reporter based in Wyoming for the public radio collaborative Inside Energy. Other publications include the Idaho Mountain Express, E&E News/EnergyWire, KRBD Rainbird Radio, the Montana Broadcasters Association, Montana Public Radio and the Tioga Tribune.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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Here are your local morning news headlines for Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

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Here are your local morning news headlines for Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

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Here are your morning news headlines for Monday, May 17, 2021.

A rare but serious COVID-19-related condition has disproportionately affected Hispanic and Latino children in the Mountain West.

That group makes up nearly a third of Utah's 74 who were diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C. At the same time, only 14% of Utah’s population is Hispanic or Latino, according to the Census Bureau.

Similar disparities recently showed up in Idaho, where Hispanic and Latino kids accounted for nearly a quarter of its 26 recorded cases.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is easing restrictions on one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction.

That medication is buprenorphine, and the change makes it so healthcare professionals don’t have to get extra training to offer the medication to as many as 30 patients with opioid addiction.

We often hear about efforts to support and conserve rare species, like the spotted owl or Joshua trees. But new findings argue that some very ordinary plants and animals deserve our attention, too.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021.

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Here are your local morning news headlines for Friday, Apr. 16, 2021.

New research published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that snow is melting earlier – often in the winter. That’s a bad sign for the Mountain West. 


The White House recently announced that it would not create a federal “vaccine passport” requirement, or proof that you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Even so, leaders in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah have rejected such requirements, using everything from denunciations to executive orders to planned legislation.


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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021.

Parts of the Mountain West are still seeing snow and frost and sleet – but there's one sure sign that spring is actually here: the songs of migrating birds. 


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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021.

Not enough jurors showed up for a trial last week in a case that could have implications for avalanche safety in the Mountain West.


As health officials battle vaccine hesitancy and a reluctance to follow safety guidelines, they could turn to employers for help. 


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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021.

The wind and solar industries made historic gains last year. Both reached new highs in energy production and capacity in 2020.


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