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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - FL: Environment

Josephine Spearman, education coordinator for the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve near Jacksonville, Florida, holds Indy, an eastern indigo snake, while filming an educational video for teachers and students to use during the COVID-19 quarantine. (Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing. Some popular theme parks are providing virtual rides. You can even gaze at sea creatures at aquariums onl

Light shines through the water onto seagrass along Florida's Nature Coast. (Charlie Shoemaker)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill creating Florida's first new aquatic preserve in 32 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve will span 800 miles off the coasts of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. It's home to the largest seagrass bed in the Gulf of Mexico, in an

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Lake Okeechobee water levels with the goal of balancing flood control, public safety, navigation, water supply and ecological health. (ernie114/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - About 30 Florida conservation groups are telling Congress to reject a proposal that could lead to more water being kept in Lake Okeechobee during the dry season. Sugarcane and other farmer companies are pushing for what's known as the "Savings Clause" to be included in this yea

A new bill to create an aquatic preserve on the coasts of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties would become the 42nd such preserve in Florida. (Charlie Shoemaker/The Pew Charitable Trusts)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- On Wednesday, the Florida Legislature approved a bill that would provide protections to the largest seagrass bed in the Gulf of Mexico. House Bill 1061 by Republican Rep. Ralph Massullo of Lecanto passed overwhelmingly to create the first aquatic preserve in 32 years, includin

Panthers are solitary, elusive animals that are rarely observed in the wild. Fewer than 200 Florida panthers remain in their wild habitat today. (Wikipedia)

TAMPA, Fla. - Conservation groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against state and federal agencies over road-widening projects in the middle of Florida's critical panther habitats. Widening projects along State Roads 29 and 82 in southwest Florida also include the first "continuous-flow intersection"

Exploratory oil drilling applications submitted by two out-of-state petroleum companies to drill in Gulf and Calhoun counties have received approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Faced with strong bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling, some oil companies are finding success by tapping deeper into Florida's little-known onshore oil-drilling industry. The Sunshine State has been producing oil from wells in southwest Florida and the Panhandle fo

A red snapper clipped to a weighted descending device at the surface, returning to the deep. (Adrian Gray)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fisheries of the deep will now have a better chance of surviving the hooks of fishermen thanks to a new rule requiring descending devices on boats. The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council approved a new rule requiring fishermen to have ready-to-use weighted tools

A least tern in Flight. (Rick Lewis, Audubon Photography Awards)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study from the journal Science shows a steady decline of nearly three billion wild birds in North America since 1970. Nearly a half century ago, about 10.1 billion birds used to soar the skies across the United States and Canada. That has dropped by 29%. Scientist

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