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PNS Daily News - September 20, 2017 


We're covering stories from around the globe including: Republican House leaders say they're ready to pass a new health care bill; Hurricane Maria targets Puerto Rico; and a new list highlights areas that are 'Too Wild to Drill.'

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Public News Service - FL: Sustainable Agriculture

Weekend protests are planned at some Florida Wendy's locations over the company's tomato-sourcing policies. (click/morguefile)

TAMPA, Fla. – "Hold the tomatoes" until they're responsibly sourced, that's the call behind a boycott of Wendy's fast-food eateries planned for this weekend. Wendy's is the only major fast-food chain that has not joined the Fair Food Program, a farmworker-led initiative credited with helping t

University of Florida research has found the state's rare frosted elfin butterfly population is threatened by controlled burns if those fires are not managed properly and holistically. Credit: Matt Thom, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Controlled burns could wipe out rare north Florida butterflies if they're not done with insect habitat in mind, according to a recent University of Florida study. The research found certain butterflies need fire because they feed on plants that only survive when flames wee

PHOTO: Florida's conservation community says state lawmakers are ignoring a deadline to purchase land owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation to be used for a new reservoir to keep polluted water from reaching the Everglades. Photo credit: Elle Randi/Morguefile.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - With the passage of Amendment One in the November election, Florida now has the funds to protect the Everglades and the state's water supply. But now, state lawmakers appear to be losing their resolve to purchase land the sugar industry agreed to sell in 2010. Progress Florida is

Photo: Coast near Sewell's Point. Courtesy: Thurlow-Lippisch

SEWELL’S POINT, Fla. – The thousands of Floridians and tourists planning to enjoy the last of summer on this Labor Day weekend will find toxic algae and slime, particularly on waterways and beaches along the southwest and southeast coasts of the state. It's a constant problem, accordin

MELBOURNE, Fla. – It's likely many Floridians will choose to play in the dirt a little bit over the Memorial Day weekend - and there's a way to use your green thumb to breathe more 'life' into native wildlife, no matter how small your yard or garden. May is "Garden for Wildlife Month," and th

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Biofuels are hot new crops around the nation, but a new report urges caution before plowing to seed the fields. The National Wildlife Federation notes that bioenergy is an important piece of clean, local energy production. However, the report says, crops should be carefully sele

OCALA, Fla. - Legislation introduced in Congress could level the playing field for farmers in Florida and elsewhere. The Rural America Preservation Act of 2011, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Tim Johnson, D-S.D., could help small and mid-sized farmers by changing the cap on farm com

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The most severe flooding of the Mississippi River in many decades has earned it a "special mention" in American Rivers' annual list of Most Endangered Rivers recently announced, and that flooding is also expected to worsen the state of the environment in the Gulf of Mexico. The pol

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