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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns. Also on our nationwide rundown: One expert's view of why canceling student-loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump budget calls for a 90-percent cut to a decades-old public lands program.

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The Florida Dept. of Agriculture says less than 1 percent of all gun-purchase applicants are denied a license because a background check could not prove they were eligible. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are considering a proposal that would let people buy guns without having a completed background check. Buried near the end of 114-page bill by Sen. Kelly Stargel, a Lakeland Republican, is a provision that would give the Department of Agriculture 90 days

Anti-fracking groups say Florida's aquifer and the soluble limestone foundation make the state even more vulnerable to damage from fracking. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and conservation advocates is expected to host more than 200 anti-fracking activists during a rally at the Capitol calling for a fracking ban, conservation funding and more. House Bill 237 by Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, would b

Florida’s constitution currently provides for closed primaries: Elections in which votes for primary candidates can only be cast by voters within their respective parties. (Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's Constitution Revision Commission could give voters a chance to end the practice of allowing write-in candidates to close a primary during an election. Some argue the write-in provision amounts to fraud that can be exploited by a candidate. Twenty years ago, voters de

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., calls the feds' decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Critics of the Trump administration's decision to exclude Florida from its offshore drilling plan say it has little to do with protecting the state's environment, and more to do with Gov. Rick Scott's political ambitions. The Republican governor is close friends with Pres

House Bill 903 authorizes persons suffering from legal disability due to criminal conviction to apply for relief to get their rights restored. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is one of four states in the nation that does not restore felons' rights after they've paid their dues. But a bill in the Florida Legislature could change that. The bipartisan bill would make it easier for felons to win back their rights to vote and own guns. State Rep.

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

Advocacy groups claim the disorganized response to Hurricane Irma and the tragedy that unfolded at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills are part of a more disturbing trend. (Florida Capitol/Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Advocates plan to deliver petitions from more than 12,000 concerned citizens calling on the Legislature to investigate Gov. Rick Scott. After Hurricane Irma knocked out power at a Hollywood nursing home in September, more than a dozen residents died when temperatures soared an

As an early 2018 legislative session looms, a

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers are preparing for the upcoming early legislative session, and those who follow them know it's hard to keep track of the hundreds of bills filed each year. One way to hold them accountable is to monitor the report cards released by some organizations. Progress

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