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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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Public News Service - FL: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Civil rights advocates are calling on local and state officials to clarify restroom policies for transgender students in Florida. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Trump administration says it’s handing over responsibility to states to decide how to handle restroom access for transgender students, and Florida activists are wasting no time in sending a message to state and local officials. Lakey Love is one of the organizer

Immigrants' advocates call building a border wall with Mexico anything but great. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Donald Trump's campaign promise to take dramatic action on immigration has become a reality, and those who work with Florida's immigrant community say the actions carry a high moral and economic cost. On Wednesday, President Trump signed orders to begin the construction p

Floridians will mark the opening day of the 2016 legislative session with a series of rallies across the state. (Damien Filer/Progress Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers prepare to return to the capitol this week, hundreds of people across the state want to make sure their voices are heard on the issues they believe matter most. From Medicaid expansion to income inequality and immigrant rights, people across Florida plan to voice t

The potential for another round of immigration raids weighs heavily on many Floridians. (www.ice.gov)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Lis-Marie (LEES-marie) Alvarado, immigration organizing coordinator, American Friends Service Committee. A series of controversial raids targeting undocumented immigrants is drawing outrage and concern in Florida. Government officials say 121 adults and children were taken into cu

Florida executed two death row inmates in 2015, as the number of executions nationally dropped to a 25 year low. (larryfarr/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There are signs capital punishment may be dying out in Florida, as only a handful of new death sentences were handed down this year. In 1991, Florida returned a record 45 death sentences, but less than a quarter century later, the number is down to nine. Mark Elliott, e

Florida state lawmakers have filed several anti-immigrant bills in recent weeks. Credit: Jenn Grieving/Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The national wave of anti-immigrant sentiment seems to have swept over the Florida Capitol, with a number of measures filed in recent weeks that could potentially threaten immigrant families in the state. The bills would toughen deportation proceedings, increase penalties

Protests began this weekend and culminate today against St. Augustine's 450th birthday celebration. Activists want an old fort and prison, the Castillo de San Marcos, torn down. Credit: Resist 450 Coalition

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Advocates for the rights of indigenous peoples are protesting today in St. Augustine because the city is reenacting the landing, 450 years ago, of Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Menendez's ship brought 800 passengers to establish the continent's first permanen

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial lethal injection drug on Monday, which clears the way for executions to resume in Florida. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday the lethal-injection drug midazolam does not violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment – clearing the way for states like Florida to resume using the drug in capital cases. The February execution of Orlando mur

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