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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - FL: Social 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

Smog or ozone pollution is already a big problem for Florida cities, but the group Clean Air Moms Action says air quality isn't a priority for President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (Sierra Club Florida)

MIAMI – As confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees continue in Washington, his choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency is facing serious questions from parents in Florida. The advocacy group Clean Air Moms Action is running a series of television a

Florida's harsh voting ban for past felony convictions keeps 1.6 million people from casting their votes. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the era of Jim Crow laws is history, an estimated 21 percent of Florida's voting-age African-American males are not able to vote, according to a new report. The report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University found the state's lifetime ban on vo

As the number of locally-transmitted Zika cases grows, so do frustrations over Florida's health care inequities. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the Zika virus continues to spread, Gov. Rick Scott is urging pregnant women to talk with their doctors about prevention strategies, which is no easy task for many Florida women caught in the so-called coverage gap. House Minority Leader Mark Pafford, who also is the C

Critics of the Black Lives Matter movement are increasingly responding with

TAMPA, Fla. – It's become a common conversation: One person says, "Black lives matter," and another responds, "No, all lives matter." But one Florida activist says that's missing the point. Char Singleton, an organizer with the community group Tampa for Justice, says many people misinterpr

Advocates for working families are urging lawmakers to reinvest in critical state services. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's the $1 billion question: what to do with the excess revenue generated as the state's economy continues to recover? Gov. Rick Scott is calling it a surplus and asking for nearly $1 billion in tax cuts, with the state House last week rolling out a proposal that aimed m

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

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