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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - Florida

Dozens of environmental groups say they're thankful protections for Florida streams and wetlands remain in place. Credit: Bandini/

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Clean water plays a vital role in Florida's environment and economy from the Everglades to the Panhandle. Dozens of environmental groups are thankful that one lawmaker took action to protect the state's water and wildlife. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted against requiring the Ob...Read More

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Florida state lawmakers have filed several anti-immigrant bills in recent weeks. Credit: Jenn Grieving/Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The national wave of anti-immigrant sentiment seems to have swept over the Florida Capitol, with a number of measures filed in recent weeks that could potentially threaten immigrant families in the state. The bills would toughen deportation proceedings, increase penalties...Read More

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A new report underscores the importance of family time when it comes to child development.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, experts want parents to consider the power of the gift of time. A new report underlines the importance of family time when it comes to child development. Researchers from the nonprofit Search Institute found time has more o...Read More

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Haitian immigrants in South Florida are making the transition to active citizenship with the help of Project Smart Vote. Credit: Bryan Vana, AFSC

MIAMI – They listened, they studied and they passed the test. Now, dozens of Haitian immigrants are ready to celebrate their American citizenship and do their civic duty. Paul Mondesir, an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee, has been working with the group for months throug...Read More

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Many Floridians miss out on tens of thousands of dollars by claiming Social Security benefits early, according to new data. Courtesy: Social Security Administration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - They are among the most important decisions older Americans, face when to stop working and sign up for Social Security and experts say the majority of Floridians leave money on the table by not considering all the options. Most people think of reaching retirement age and colle...Read More

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Environmental and animal-rights advocates are questioning why Gov. Rick Scott was selected to receive a conservation honor. Courtesy:

MIAMI - During his five years in office, Gov. Rick Scott hasn't made many friends in the environmental and animal-rights communities, which is why some are baffled that he's being honored for conservation efforts this weekend. Scott's track record on these issues includes slashing water-management ...Read More

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Carlton Alexander is among those planning to strike on Tuesday as part of the Fight for 15 movement. Credit: Kelly Benjamin

TAMPA, Fla. – If you're hoping to grab a quick burger and fries Tuesday, you may want to pack a backup lunch, as fast food workers across the state plan to take part in a nationwide strike over low wages. Carlton Alexander of Tampa works at Taco Bell, and he is among those planning to walk o...Read More

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Consumer advocates say Floridians aren't getting their day in court due to mandatory arbitration clauses. Credit: ArielleJay/morguefile

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – On the heels of a New York Times investigation, consumer advocates are speaking out about the corporate practice of putting so-called forced arbitration clauses into contracts. The clauses say if wrongdoing is alleged, people have to go to mediation rather than to court....Read More

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