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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Between July 2016 and June 2017, short-term lenders in Florida approved $3 billion in loans to consumers with fees totaling $306 million. (Taber Andrew Bain/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The payday lending industry has filed its first bill in the Florida Legislature in nearly two decades, as it tries to fight federal consumerprotection rules made during the Obama administration. And those lenders could be getting some help from the Trump administration. N

Florida's House Bill 9 would require that police honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold undocumented immigrants, even though federal judges have ruled that such holds are unconstitutional. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In this first week of the 2018 legislative session, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says his chamber will pass a bill to keep communities safe from what he sees as dangerous sanctuary cities. But immigrants' advocates say the real danger is Corcoran stirring the pot. Co

Lawmakers and concerned citizens return to the Florida State Capitol next Tuesday to kick off the 2018 legislative session. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's Republican lawmakers have resurrected, and say they plan to fast-track, legislation from last year to weaken most labor unions in the state. Rich Templin, legislative and political director of the Florida AFL-CIO, which represents more than 500 labor union local

As the movement to transform higher education grows in Florida, a new report reveals the extent of faculty poverty.  (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – From skipping meals and having their utilities cut off to even delaying medical treatment, a survey of nearly 800 faculty members across Florida shows poverty is common among adjunct faculty at universities and colleges. The survey by the Service Employees International U

A core objective of Florida’s Action for Dental Health is to maximize the utilization and capacity of Florida’s current dental workforce to optimally serve Floridians with preventive and therapeutic dental care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After being vetoed two years ago, there are new bills in the Florida Legislature that would establish a dental student loan forgiveness program for dentists practicing in underserved communities. Two bills, sponsored by Republicans Sen. Aaron Bean and Rep. Colleen Burton, woul

As an early 2018 legislative session looms, a

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are preparing for the upcoming early legislative session, and those who follow them know it's hard to keep track of the hundreds of bills filed each year. One way to hold them accountable is to monitor the report cards released by some organizations. Progress

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low-income children who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid. (Pawel Loj/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has done a lot to make sure more children have health insurance. But that progress may be in jeopardy if Congress doesn't act soon. A new report shows the number of children without health insurance in Florida dropped 57 percent between 2009 and 2016. Report c

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

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