PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 

In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte

Health advocates say giving drug users access to sterile needles will help fight the spread of HIV. (xenia/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida leading the nation in the number of new HIV cases and facing a growing heroin epidemic, health advocates say a measure moving through the Legislature could help on both fronts. The program would create a pilot in Miami-Dade County, run by the University of Miami Ho

Florida is ranked 15th in the nation for smoking cessation and prevention spending, according to a new report. (robertjojorge/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The number of Florida high school kids who smoke has dropped to an all-time low, according to new data analyzing the impact of what states spend on smoking prevention-and-cessation programs. According to the report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, this year Florida wil

December 15 is the deadline to renew or enroll in ACA health-care plans for those wishing for coverage to begin in January.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's been a very busy month for those helping to enroll Floridians in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, but those on the ground say there's still more work to be done to reach the state's uninsured. Right now, Florida leads the nation for the number of peop

Wheelchair attendants have been working without training or protective gear, and the workers are being exposed to passengers that are bleeding or have been sick, while being taken to their aircraft.

MIAMI - Workers at one of Florida's largest airports are announcing federal complaints today, alleging unsafe conditions, including exposure to sometimes-hazardous bodily fluids. Wheelchair attendants at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are calling on both the Department and Transport

ORLANDO, Fla. - The massive budget cuts passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, and signed into law by Tea Party-backed Gov. Rick Scott, are coming home to roost in Florida's municipalities. Municipal leaders say their cities are being hit hard, with cuts in social services, public

MIAMI, Fla. - "Spread the Word to End the Word" is the theme of today's public awareness efforts to end the use of the term "retarded" to describe people with intellectual disabilities. It is a joint effort of Special Olympics International and Miami-based Best Buddies International. The goal of th

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While the U.S. House of Representatives stands ready to vote on health reform legislation, a new report finds, if passed, it would bring coverage to an additional two million Floridians by 2013, and would increase regulations that protect consumers. The report, released by Famili

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