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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - FL: Senior Issues

Advocacy groups claim the disorganized response to Hurricane Irma and the tragedy that unfolded at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills are part of a more disturbing trend. (Florida Capitol/Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Advocates plan to deliver petitions from more than 12,000 concerned citizens calling on the Legislature to investigate Gov. Rick Scott. After Hurricane Irma knocked out power at a Hollywood nursing home in September, more than a dozen residents died when temperatures soared an

In 2005 a bill that would have required nursing homes to have backup generators to protect residents failed to pass after resistance from the nursing-home industry. (Ted Van Pelt/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers will hold a special hearing this week to look at lessons learned from Hurricane Irma. This comes as two women who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during the storm have died. Ninety-year-old Cecilia Franco and 95-year-old France

Nursing home deaths prompt new rules by Florida Governor (Salvador Altimir/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Even though a fully functioning hospital was across the street, eight residents died in a sweltering nursing home without air-conditioning in the Miami suburb of Hollywood, while calls for help were ignored. Brian Lee, who was forced out as Florida's long-term care ombudsman,

About 119,000 Florida veterans rely on Medicaid for their health care, according to a new report. (Pippalou/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – While many Floridians honored the sacrifices of military members over the holiday weekend, some also are calling on Congress to honor the nation's promises to veterans, as the possibility looms for devastating cuts to their health benefits. According to a new report from

House Republicans are pushing major changes to the Florida Retirement System. (Jenn Grieving/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Public employees planning to spend their careers in Florida could see big changes to their retirement plans, the result of a controversial move by the Florida House. House Republicans pushed through a bill on Thursday that would default new hires into a 401(k)-style savin

The next Florida Legislature will have to make major decisions about health-care coverage. (Jenn Greiving/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Many people are calling the November election the most important in modern history, and health-care advocates in Florida say that isn't just because of the contentious race at the top of the ticket. One of the biggest issues the next Florida Legislature will face is the shrinkin

Sen. Marco Rubio's track record on Social Security has some Florida seniors and workers concerned enough to protest at his offices in the state. (Florida Alliance for Retired Americans)

TAMPA, Fla. – Millions of Floridians rely on Social Security as their primary source of income, but some workers and seniors believe their representatives in Congress aren't standing up for their needs. While Florida Sen. Marco Rubio often talks about how he'd never hurt the program his own m

An August 16 Community Conversation will feature candidates for Congressional races in Districts 7, 9 and 10. (mockingbird/morguefile)

ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida has more congressional seats open for new candidates than any other state this election, and voters have a unique opportunity to become part of what's billed as "democracy in action." A community conversation on August 16 will feature candidates for Congressional races in Dis

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