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    PNS Daily News - March 3, 20150 


    Today’s news features stories from coast to coast including: the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obamacare subsidies; oil transport issues front and center in the west; and research points to one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict.

Public News Service - Florida

PHOTO: Citrus fruit infected with canker is too unsightly to be sold, and the bacterium that causes it weakens the trees and makes their leaves and fruit drop prematurely. Photo courtesy of  http://www.aphis.usda.gov

BARTOW, Fla. - Once the centerpiece of agribusiness in Florida, the state's citrus industry is now in crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, crop forecast estimates for oranges, which supply most of the nation's orange juice, call for only 103 million boxes to be produced this yea...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: These puppies were found at a farm owned by an American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit, and were allegedly suffering from health problems, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at the time this photo was taken. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Purebred dogs are the picture of perfection, and their popularity was highlighted this month at the annual Westminster Dog Show, which remains the nation's second-longest continuously-held sporting event. But an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States alleges th...Read More

Public News Service - FL

Photo: Photo: Without federal safety net programs, a report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows poverty rates in Florida would increase from 21 to 35 percent. Photo courtesy: flickr.com/barnabywasson

TAMPA, Fla. - Poverty intervention programs are lifting half a million children out of poverty in Florida. That's the findings of a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that uses a relatively new method of quantifying poverty to illustrate the difference federal assistance makes in...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Jodi James and her colleagues at the Florida Cannabis Action Network display their wares, all made from hemp, at the Florida State Capitol. Photo credit: Phil Latzman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A table full of hemp products recently made for a strange sight inside Florida's Capitol building, especially when growing the plant here is illegal. The display was set up to promote new legislation to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp farming, for use in bea...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Activists are putting pressure on state and local leaders to support paid sick-leave legislation on the federal level, and pass measures of their own. Photo credit: Doug Geisler, Paid Sick Days Now/Flickr Creative Commons.

ORLANDO, Fla. - President Obama called for it in his State of the Union address last month, and now there's legislation in Congress to help the 43 million American workers who can't earn time off for sick days. The Healthy Families Act would establish a national standard for paid sick leave. Propon...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Northwest Floridians may soon get some of their power supply from wind farms in Oklahoma. Photo courtesy: Christopher Neel/U.S. Geological Survey.

PENSACOLA, Fla. - You've heard of "Inherit the Wind," but what about importing wind? Gulf Power of Pensacola is hoping to harness the power of wind for Florida by importing it from Oklahoma. The utility company is seeking permission from the Florida Public Service Commission to purchase the wind e...Read More

Public News Service - FL

PHOTO: Jackson Memorial in Miami, Florida’s largest public hospital system, stands to lose $237 million if the federal government cuts off so-called “LIP” funding. IMAGE CREDIT:  Flickr Creative Commons/Phillip Pessar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has told Florida it will cease funding for poor and uninsured hospital patients at the end of June. It's a move that could cost the state $2.2 billion. Bruce Rueben is president of the Florida Association of Hospitals. He says the i...Read More

Public News Service - FL

Photo: The IRS is warning Floridians of tax-related scammers who attempt to obtain their personal information. Photo credict: Flickr Creative Commons/MoneyBlogNewz

PLANTATION, Fla. - Tax season is underway, with 1099s and W2s already in mailboxes and the Internal Revenue Service has also issued its annual list of the most common scams, called "The Dirty Dozen." At the top of the list is identity theft, followed by potential tax swindles pitched by phone and ...Read More

Public News Service - FL

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