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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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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

While Florida has experienced significant job growth, new research says states with the most blue collar job losses are California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study shows there is a steady growth in jobs in Florida and across the country for people without a bachelor's degree earning a median income of $55,000 per year. The report, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that over the p

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

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

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

Long after the hurricanes have passed, hard work and hazards remain. Members of Florida's labor unions are pitching in to help. (Florida AFL-CIO)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Union workers from across the southern United States have collected basic essentials, including food and clothing, and are traveling throughout South Florida to share them in places affected by Hurricane Irma. The recovery process has slowed a bit as major disaster relief

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low-income children who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid. (Pawel Loj/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has done a lot to make sure more children have health insurance. But that progress may be in jeopardy if Congress doesn't act soon. A new report shows the number of children without health insurance in Florida dropped 57 percent between 2009 and 2016. Report c

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,

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