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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - FL: Rural/Farming

A tiny bug newly introduced to Florida from Asia attacks citrus trees and some ornamental plants. (Department of Agriculture)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and som

A new poll says hunters and anglers support expanding the Clean Water Rule to smaller tributaries. Credit: bissel/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hunters and anglers support restoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule to smaller headwaters streams and wetlands by a margin of more than 4 to 1, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation on the so-called Waters of

PHOTO: Jodi James and her colleagues at the Florida Cannabis Action Network display their wares, all made from hemp, at the Florida State Capitol. Photo credit: Phil Latzman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A table full of hemp products recently made for a strange sight inside Florida's Capitol building, especially when growing the plant here is illegal. The display was set up to promote new legislation to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp farming, for use in bea

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif

Photo: Palm warblers are among the birds migrating between Canada's boreal forest and Florida every winter. Photo credit: Jeff Nadler

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Most of Florida's "snowbirds" have hopped on I-95 for the drive north. Meanwhile, birds of the feathered variety have done the same, but it's what is greeting them at home that has scientists concerned. A report released today by the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Ducks Unlimite

Photo: Toxic slime is appearing on Florida waterways. Courtesy: Earthjustice.

ST. LUCIE, Fla. - This summer's unseasonably heavy summer rains are not just spurring the growth of toxic algae in Florida's coastal waters. A new report by the National Wildlife Federation and Resource Media found that at least two of the state's inland waters - the St. Lucie River and Lake Harris

Photo: Coast near Sewell's Point. Courtesy: Thurlow-Lippisch

SEWELL’S POINT, Fla. – The thousands of Floridians and tourists planning to enjoy the last of summer on this Labor Day weekend will find toxic algae and slime, particularly on waterways and beaches along the southwest and southeast coasts of the state. It's a constant problem, accordin

Photo of Miguel Zelaya, Reina Lemus de Zelaya and their daughter, Selena Zelaya, 18. Miguel and Reina are farmworkers in Florida. Courtesy: Alex Saunders of Farmworker Association of Florida.
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WASHINGTON - Farm workers from Florida and around the country are on Capitol Hill today, asking Congress to protect them from potentially hazardous pesticides commonly used in agriculture. There are 290,000 farm workers in Florida and just 40 inspectors to make sure their employers are following s

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