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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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Public News Service - FL: Civic Engagement

The League of Women Voters of Florida and Solar United Neighbors of Florida say they're working to make the state number one in solar power. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is starting to experience its own solar boom, and it's the result of a growing grassroots movement teaching people how to make money off their roofs. A new report by the solar industry publication PV Magazine showed the Sunshine State leading the nation in solar growth

For most of its 130-year history, the Florida Public Service Commission was a three-person body, elected in statewide elections. Beginning Monday, it's a five-member, appointed commission. (Daniel Oines/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Is Florida's Public Service Commission serving the public – or is it serving the utilities it regulates? That's the question raised in a new report detailing how power companies in the state wield what researchers say is too much influence over the governor and legi

Rising sea levels along Florida coastlines have been one topic at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Miami Beach this weekend. (David Parsons/iStockphoto)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – If the federal government won't take the lead on climate change - local cities will. That's the message from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wrapping up today in Miami Beach. Hundreds of mayors from across the U.S., including more than a dozen from Florida, swapped ideas o

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

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

Citizenship clinics are drawing large crowds as many immigrants fear for their future. (FL Immigrant Coalition)

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – With executive orders and deportation raids dominating the news, many immigrants now are taking steps to ensure they won't be separated from their families and lives. Yva Darbouze was among the more than 400 people who turned out for a free citizenship clinic and workshop

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

A bill before Congress would crack down on horse slaughter for meat, in the United States and abroad. (lauramusikanski/morguefile)

MIAMI — The arrest of a Miami-Dade man for selling horse meat to undercover agents this month is being called an important step toward infiltrating the secret world of horse slaughter. But animal-rights groups say much more needs to be done. It may surprise many to know that horse slaughter

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