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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

Public News Service - Florida

PHOTO: Florida's Gov. Rick Scott is one of a number of Republican governors who have refused to accept federal money to expand their states' Medicaid programs. Illustration credit: Sam Beddoes/Flickr Creative Commons.

MIAMI - The state of Florida finds itself in an enviable position. It's expecting a $1 billion surplus in the upcoming fiscal-year budget. Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget includes increasing public-school spending - but it does not include expanding Florida's Medicaid program. Scott, who credits ...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Architect Bernard Zyscovich’s plan entails making Miami's Rickenbacker Causeway four lanes instead of six, and using the freed-up space for safer pedestrian and bike travel. Image courtesy of PlanZMiami.com.

MIAMI - Florida's beaches and tropical weather may make the state an appealing vacation destination, but its thoroughfares are gaining a dubious reputation for pedestrians and bicyclists. Last week, a 51-year-old rider was killed and another seriously injured by a drunk driver on one of Miami's mos...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Scott answers reporters' questions, and there are a lot of them, amid allegations of improper oversight of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Photo credit: Sara K. Brockmann, State of Florida/Wikimedia Commons.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Just months after being elected to a second term, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is embroiled in a controversy surrounding his handling of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). A nonpartisan, government watchdog group, Integrity Florida, is asking for an investigatio...Read More

Public News Service - FL

GRAPHIC: This illustration is a hypothetical look at Miami's wet future. The possibility has sparked a Miami-Dade County plan to fight climate change. Image courtesy of Florida Center for Environmental Studies.

MIAMI - With more than 1,300 miles of low-lying coastline, Florida sticks out as one of the world's most vulnerable places to climate change and the sea-level rise that's a consequence of rising temperatures. According to a United Nations report last year, southeast Florida has the most to lose beca...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission case, experts still are examining its effects on elections at all levels. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons.

MIAMI - Five years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court made a milestone decision in the case of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Commission. The high court reversed a four-decades-old rule prohibiting corporations, associations and labor unions from making unlimited contributions to politic...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Oil began washing ashore on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach following the BP spill in 2010. Photo credit: Drew Buchanan/Wikimedia Commons.

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was already foun...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: At health fairs and other events, groups are ramping up bilingual efforts to assist uninsured Latinos in Florida in signing up for health insurance before this year's Feb. 15 enrollment deadline. Photo credit: Luigi Novi/Wikimedia Commons

MIAMI, Fla. - Since the latest enrollment period began in November, nearly 1.2 million Floridians have signed up for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare." Florida's numbers are the largest of any of the 37 states using federally-run health exchanges. But there's a ...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Florida is one of only five states in which people have to buy their solar power equipment from electric utilities instead of other types of vendors. A coalition has formed with the goal of a 2016 ballot measure to change that. Photo courtesy Floridians for Solar Choice.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – An unlikely alliance of environmentalists and political conservatives is banding together to bring more solar power choices to the Sunshine State. The newly formed political action committee Floridians for Solar Choice is gathering signatures for a constitutional amendmen...Read More

Public News Service - FL

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