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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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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,

The last major overhaul of Florida's workers' compensation system took place in 2003. (Longislandwins/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is supposed to provide workers' compensation benefits to all workers despite their legal status, but some employers and insurance companies have found a way to beat the system. An investigation by NPR and ProPublica found that, of the 800 undocumented people charg

Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S. (Steve Hardy/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At a time of cultural and racial divide, multiracial Floridians find themselves caught in the middle – even as they offer a glimpse into the future of social and demographic changes in the U.S. The once-per-decade census shows America becoming more racially diverse,

Florida women must battle the gender pay gap and a preponderance of low-wage jobs. (IS_imagestore/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Many women across the country will rally today in support of equal pay, but a new report finds many obstacles to that goal in Florida and nationwide. The Institute for Women's Policy Research analyzed earning trends going back decades and predicts that at the current pace, the

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

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