PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 

West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - FL: Animal Welfare

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Lawmakers are putting many "eggs" in the Farm Bill "basket" in Washington, one of which could affect the welfare of farm animals, worker safety and environmental protection in Florida and around the nation. The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would prevent Flori

Photo: HSUS staff examines dog found in animal fighting bust. Courtesy: HSUS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - People convicted of animal abuse in Florida will face more charges and likely tougher penalties if a new Animal Cruelty Bill is signed into law. Late Friday the state Senate voted unanimously to strengthen the current animal cruelty law, including its animal fighting provisions.

Photo: Algae has killed at least 184 manatees in Florida this year. Courtesy: Earthjustice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It took more than three years, but the federal EPA and Florida Department of Environmental Protection have agreed on limits for the pollutants that cause toxic algae outbreaks. But some environmentalists say the deal is inadequate, filled with loopholes, and it will do little to

Photo: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team assisted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in conducting an investigation of a suspected dogfighting operation in Jacksonville, Florida, resulting in an arrest of one individual and the seizure of 17 dogs. Courtesy: Humane Society of the United States

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill filed Monday in the Florida Legislature would give local law enforcement the tools to hold accountable people who break existing animal-fighting laws. Florida has one of the strongest animal-fighting laws in the country, but a 2010 court ruling requires law enforcement to

PHOTO: An Audubon Florida report finds that wading birds, such as roseate spoonbills, are nesting less often in the Everglades. Courtesy: Charles Lee, Audubon Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Development and human influence in areas around Florida's Everglades continue to put certain bird and fish populations at risk, according to a report from Audubon Florida. The study shows that changes to water flow – connected to development – are having

PHOTO: U.S. Coast Guard fire boat response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

TAMPA, Fla. – BP is set to pay $4.5 billion for criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement on Thursday. It covers guilty pleas of manslaughter for the 11 lives lost, as well as c

PHOTO: A report released this week by the Endangered Special Coalition lists the Florida Snail Kite as one of the top ten species endangered because of freshwater mismanagement.Image credit: Dario Sanches

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. - Declining quality and availability of fresh water in Florida is putting wildlife at risk, according to

Photo: Black bear in Florida wild, Courtesy: Bruce Britt

OCALA, Fla. - The 3,000 black bears that live in Florida are busy at this time of year, foraging for food to last them through the winter. But every year their instinctive need places them at risk. David Telesco at the Florida Wildlife Commission says every year about 150 bears are hit by cars. He

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