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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME is unlikely to have a direct impact on unionized employees of private businesses, because the First Amendment restricts government action and not private conduct. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opponents of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling freeing government workers from having to pay into unions are using Florida as an example of how bad it could be for working families across the country. The court's 5-to-4 decision upends a 41-year-old ruling that allowe

Groups representing Florida workers are calling on Florida’s next governor to back the proposed 2020 $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Groups representing workers say it has been years since they've had an ally in the governor's mansion – as such, they've unveiled "An Agenda for Florida's Workers," to serve as roadmap of priority issues for the legislature and incoming governor. This year's agenda

Lawmakers and concerned citizens return to the Florida State Capitol next Tuesday to kick off the 2018 legislative session. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's Republican lawmakers have resurrected, and say they plan to fast-track, legislation from last year to weaken most labor unions in the state. Rich Templin, legislative and political director of the Florida AFL-CIO, which represents more than 500 labor union local

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

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

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance to low-income children who don't otherwise qualify for Medicaid. (Pawel Loj/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has done a lot to make sure more children have health insurance. But that progress may be in jeopardy if Congress doesn't act soon. A new report shows the number of children without health insurance in Florida dropped 57 percent between 2009 and 2016. Report c

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