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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - FL: Education

Democrats in the Florida Senate want to ban weapons such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle, which was used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After hours of intense debate, the Florida Senate rejected an assault weapons ban this weekend, while moving forward with a voluntary plan to arm teachers in schools. In a rare Saturday session, senators briefly approved - then swiftly rejected - an amendment to Senate Bi

Students from across Florida traveled to Tallahassee to join fellow students protesting gun violence on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Thousands of angry students made their voices heard at Florida's Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday, saying lawmakers aren't doing enough to keep them safe. While they are dissatisfied with the lawmaking process, their efforts did get the pro-gun Legislature to consider

Sheryl Acquarola, a 16-year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is overcome with emotion in the East Gallery of the Florida House of Representatives. (Troy Kinsey)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With heavy hearts, students, who have become citizen lobbyists, met with lawmakers on Tuesday with one goal – to urge the passage of gun control measures. Hoping their tragic stories will spur lawmakers to act, a small group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School s

Volusia-Flagler AFL-CIO workers and labor advocates drop off community letters to lawmakers in opposition to HB 25. (AFL-CIO)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill opponents describe as "union-busting" legislation meant to target Florida's public school teachers is back again after facing defeat in the Florida Legislature. Bills such as House Bill 25, by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood, are being introduced in legisl

As the movement to transform higher education grows in Florida, a new report reveals the extent of faculty poverty.  (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – From skipping meals and having their utilities cut off to even delaying medical treatment, a survey of nearly 800 faculty members across Florida shows poverty is common among adjunct faculty at universities and colleges. The survey by the Service Employees International U

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

While Florida has experienced significant job growth, new research says states with the most blue collar job losses are California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study shows there is a steady growth in jobs in Florida and across the country for people without a bachelor's degree earning a median income of $55,000 per year. The report, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that over the p

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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