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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - FL: Environment

The Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019 would permanently extend a temporary ban on Gulf Coast drilling set to expire in 2022.  (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a White House threat to veto legislation that would permanently ban drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he's confident President Donald Trump will still protect the Sunshine State. DeSantis and the president are close allies – however,

Florida is in the crosshairs of climate change, putting real estate and people at risk from storm surges aggravated by sea-level rise. (Adobe Stock)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A pilot project called "Fighter League" is arming women of color with the tools they need to fight climate change. Two national groups, the Movement Strategy Center and the Solutions Project, founded by celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, are making a concerted effort to fu

According to marine scientists, many fish could survive the catch-and-release process if they were quickly returned to their deep-water environment. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The public can weigh in on fishing boats using a device that could save millions of deep-water fish from dying of the bends during catch-and-release. Fishermen often discard fish that aren't their target species, when they exceed catch limits or when the fish are too smal

Seagrasses soak up climate-changing carbon and absorb pollutants that run off land. Seagrasses aren't algae or seaweed and are different from marshes and wetlands. (NOAA Photo Library/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As many people and businesses gear up for this year's scalloping season, they'll find a new education campaign about the importance of seagrass. There has been an increased threat to undersea communities of seagrass that are filled with animals such as bay scallops, varie

Declining pollinator populations could have alarming consequences for natural ecosystems, as well as food production for people. (cocoparisienne/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thousands of gardens across the state of Florida are playing a part in saving pollinators and the nation's food system. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge was launched in 2015 as part of a nationwide call to revive collapsing bee colonies and improve the health of bi

Roughly 200 million gallons of dirty crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 BP oil spill. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A major South Florida landowner will be back in court on Tuesday asking a judge to override a final order by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection against their request to drill an exploratory oil well in the environmentally sensitive Everglades. Kanter Real

The Legislature and governor approved legislation that provides more than $1 billion to increase water storage south of Lake Okeechobee as part of an effort to reduce harmful lake discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. (SFWMD)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Environmental groups are concerned that Florida's persistent red tide outbreaks are being fueled by authorized polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee. In order to find out for sure, they've launched an intent to sue three federal environmental agencies. The Center

A prolonged case of red tide and algae blooms along the Florida coast is killing off animals as small as tiny fish and possibly as large as whale sharks. (Joe Monin/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Toxic green algal blooms have triggered a tide of barbs from some candidates placing Florida's environment at the forefront of issues heading into November's midterm election. Numerous polls show the environment is among the top concerns of voters, and conservationists sa

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