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PNS Daily News - August 23, 2017 


Chaos expected as the President visits Nevada; New York teachers speak out about standardized test scores; and Illinois lawmakers take on gender-based price discrepancies. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Florida ratepayers are left on the hook for failed nuclear projects. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal appeals court hears arguments this week in a case challenging a Florida law that leaves utility customers on the hook for speculative nuclear projects. The controversial nuclear cost-recovery law passed in 2006, at a time when nuclear power appeared to be making

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

Thousands of Florida children live with Type One diabetes. (jdrf.org)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Over 100 children with Type One diabetes have spent this week in the nation's capital meeting with lawmakers, trying to help them understand what life is like with the disease and why research is critical. They're hoping Congress will continue to fund the Special Diabetes P

More than 220,000 Florida children get food from summer nutrition programs, but that's only a fraction of those who need them. (Virginia Carter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Across Florida, more schools, community centers and churches are serving summer meals for lower-income children, but the latest research says not enough families take advantage of these programs. The Food Research and Action Center says that's also the case nationwide.

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

Florida schools identified as struggling could be closed and replaced with charter schools under legislation now headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After barely surviving a Senate vote, the $419 million education package - House Bill 7069 - is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk; while many are hoping its journey will end in a veto. After debating a number of education issues, the Florida Legislature conducted closed-doo

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

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

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