PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Democrats in the Florida Senate want to ban weapons such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle, which was used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After hours of intense debate, the Florida Senate rejected an assault weapons ban this weekend, while moving forward with a voluntary plan to arm teachers in schools. In a rare Saturday session, senators briefly approved - then swiftly rejected - an amendment to Senate Bi

Florida is one of four states that denies the right to vote to all people convicted of felonies until they petition the state to restore those rights. (Amanda Wood/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a surprise victory for voting rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled Florida's current system for restoring voting rights to people after their release from prison is unconstitutional. US District Judge Mark Walker said the process used by Florida's Board of Execu

Frames from House Speaker Richard Corcoran's campaign ad. (YouTube)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A controversial bill aimed at banning so-called sanctuary cities hit a major roadblock Tuesday in the Florida Senate after the bill's sponsor said he didn't have enough votes for it to pass. Republican Sen. Aaron Bean of Fernandina Beach pulled Senate Bill 308 from its fi

Florida’s constitution currently provides for closed primaries: Elections in which votes for primary candidates can only be cast by voters within their respective parties. (Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's Constitution Revision Commission could give voters a chance to end the practice of allowing write-in candidates to close a primary during an election. Some argue the write-in provision amounts to fraud that can be exploited by a candidate. Twenty years ago, voters de

House Bill 903 authorizes persons suffering from legal disability due to criminal conviction to apply for relief to get their rights restored. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is one of four states in the nation that does not restore felons' rights after they've paid their dues. But a bill in the Florida Legislature could change that. The bipartisan bill would make it easier for felons to win back their rights to vote and own guns. State Rep.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, highly engaged social media users express greater optimism about the ability of social media to facilitate political action. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Social media is for more than just keeping in touch with friends and family and sharing funny memes. It also can be used to hold a public official's feet to the fire. Open government advocates are urging people to adjust to modern communication by doing more with their

There are about 11 bills filed for the upcoming session, including five that would make it easier to get a gun. (Michael Saechang/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There are renewed calls to ban the sale of assault weapons in Florida after the latest mass shooting that killed 58 and wounded more than 500 in Las Vegas. State Sen. Linda Stewart and Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, both Orlando Democrats, filed the bill that also would ban

Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S. (Steve Hardy/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At a time of cultural and racial divide, multiracial Floridians find themselves caught in the middle – even as they offer a glimpse into the future of social and demographic changes in the U.S. The once-per-decade census shows America becoming more racially diverse,

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