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    PNS Daily News - February 11, 20160 


    Our roundup of today’s news includes concern that the Supreme Court's decision on climate change regulations could scuttle the Paris climate agreement, presidential candidates are moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in search of delegates, and oyster aficionados are watching the latest efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay.

Public News Service - Florida

A coalition of Florida groups is fighting to preserve access to public records in the state. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While no one disputes Floridians have a constitutional right to access public documents, the debate over how to crack down on a small number of abusers of that right is much more controversial. State law dictates if a person sues the government for violating public records acc...Read More

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Critics say legislation to allow fracking in the state is moving too quickly. (Ostroff Law//Wikimedia Commons)

TAMPA, Fla. - State senators are poised to vote on a bill that would roll out the welcome mat for fracking operations statewide, despite grave concerns from the scientific community. The bill, which already passed the state House, would not require fracking companies to disclose the chemicals or pot...Read More

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Advocates for working families are urging lawmakers to reinvest in critical state services. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It's the $1 billion question: what to do with the excess revenue generated as the state's economy continues to recover? Gov. Rick Scott is calling it a surplus and asking for nearly $1 billion in tax cuts, with the state House last week rolling out a proposal that aimed m...Read More

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Advocates hope Florida lawmakers will take into account that the vast majority of older Floridians want to remain in their homes as they age. (Globetrotter/Wikimedia Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As lawmakers tackle another year of budgets and bills, advocates for older Floridians want to make sure vital services are preserved and consumer protections for people of all ages are in place. Since the vast majority of older people would prefer to age in place, Jack McRay, AA...Read More

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More Hispanic children have gained access to preventive care and other health services since implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (click/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The rate of uninsured Hispanic children dropped to an all-time low during the first year the Affordable Care Act was in place, according to new research. The study from Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza found that Florid...Read More

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Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means hundreds of so-called "juvenile lifers" could be considered for release. (kconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - There's new hope that more than 2,000 people sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles may not have to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Many received automatic life sentences for murders, without consideration of their youth or other factors. But...Read More

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Más niñas y niños hispanos han obtenido acceso al cuidado preventivo y a otros servicios de salud, desde la implementación de la Ley de Cuidado Asequible, "Affordable Care Act."

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – La tasa de niños hispanos no asegurados en Florida cayó hasta un mínimo histórico durante el primer año de que entró en vigor la Ley de Cuidado Asequible (Affordable Care Act). La investigación –realizada en conjunto por el Centro p...Read More

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Unforeseen expenses can break the bank for many low-income families. (mconnors/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Whether it's an unexpected expense or plans for the future, a family's savings play a big part in long-term success in life. But a new policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that right now, not enough Floridians are able to put money away, particularly in co...Read More

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