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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - FL: Family/Father Issues

Nursing home deaths prompt new rules by Florida Governor (Salvador Altimir/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Even though a fully functioning hospital was across the street, eight residents died in a sweltering nursing home without air-conditioning in the Miami suburb of Hollywood, while calls for help were ignored. Brian Lee, who was forced out as Florida's long-term care ombudsman,

More than 220,000 Florida children get food from summer nutrition programs, but that's only a fraction of those who need them. (Virginia Carter)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Across Florida, more schools, community centers and churches are serving summer meals for lower-income children, but the latest research says not enough families take advantage of these programs. The Food Research and Action Center says that's also the case nationwide.

Keeping troubled kids in their community is credited for the success of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which began in Florida. (Joanna Malinowska/Freestock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What began as an effort to revamp the approach to juvenile detention in one Florida county has spread to hundreds of sites across the country, and has led to widespread reform. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative launched in 1987 in

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

Some children of Florida immigrants have one wish this holiday: to keep their families together. (Lis-Marie Alvarado)

MIAMI – All they want for Christmas is to keep their families together. That's the message dozens of Florida kids hope to send to their elected officials today, as they plead for an end to deportations. In Miami, 17-year-old Elena Marquez said she hasn't seen her father in person in four yea

A new report looks at the critical role played by foster parents, in Florida and nationwide. (skvlimkin/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When children have to be removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, a new report looks at ways to improve their care by giving foster parents a greater voice. Researchers from The Annie E. Casey Foundation say it's time to elevate the role of foster parents, by givin

Floridians can enroll or change their marketplace health insurance beginning Tues., Nov. 1. (finance/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — News that healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise by double digits next year has Donald Trump renewing his calls to repeal the program and Hillary Clinton promising to fix it. But experts say Floridians need to turn down the political noise as open enrol

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte

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