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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - FL: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

Opponents of the Sabal Trail Pipeline say it will damage environmentally sensitive areas of Florida and put drinking water at risk. (WWALS Watershed Coalition)

LIVE OAK, Fla. – As a small group holds vigil near the Suwannee River in north Florida, a growing chorus of voices across the state and online is speaking out against the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline. Plans call for the 515-mile natural gas pipeline to tunnel under forests, wetlands, ranche

Immigrants' advocates call building a border wall with Mexico anything but great. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Donald Trump's campaign promise to take dramatic action on immigration has become a reality, and those who work with Florida's immigrant community say the actions carry a high moral and economic cost. On Wednesday, President Trump signed orders to begin the construction p

Closing the wage gap could pull thousands of Florida women out of poverty, according to a new study. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – More Florida women are starting the new year in dire economic straits than in most parts of the country, according to new report on the status of women. The study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research says the number of Florida women living below the federal pove

Conservation advocates urge Floridians to come together for the sake of the environment. (MGDboston/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the dust beginning to settle on election 2016, conservation groups say now is the time to get to work on what should be a nonpartisan issue: protecting natural resources in Florida and nationwide. Ron Warnken, a regional representative for the National Wildlife Feder

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

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