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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - FL: Civil Rights

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,

Itís been more than 18 months since Florida conducted an execution. (Calif. Dept. of Corrections/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time in state history, Florida is scheduled to execute a white man for killing a black person. Mark James Asay's death warrant schedules his execution for six o-clock this evening. Asay was convicted by a jury for two racially-motivated and premeditated murd

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

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

Florida's harsh voting ban for past felony convictions keeps 1.6 million people from casting their votes. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the era of Jim Crow laws is history, an estimated 21 percent of Florida's voting-age African-American males are not able to vote, according to a new report. The report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University found the state's lifetime ban on vo

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