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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - FL: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

The intent of the 2001 Roadless Rule has been to provide lasting protection for inventoried roadless areas within the National Forest system, including several forests in Florida. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Trump administration wants to reverse a nearly two-decade rule in order to allow more logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest - and it's the same rule that protects national forests in Florida. Alaska's struggling timber industry hopes to revive large-scale industrial lo

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

Algal blooms happen annually in Florida, but this summer blooms affecting the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s Lake Okeechobee are having a devastating impact on tourism and the environment. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Harmful algae blooms on Florida's southwest coast have killed wildlife and steered away beach-goers since late last year, and the problem doesn't appear to be slowing down. The largest stretch of algae known as "red tide" spans close to 150 miles across coastal counties a

In the budget year that begins July 1, $100 million from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund will go toward the Florida Forever land-acquisition program, which has been unfunded in past years. But at least $160 million will be spent on agency overhead. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a blow to the legislative branch, a judge in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida lawmakers wrongly diverted money meant for buying and preserving environmentally sensitive lands. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson on Friday sided with environmental groups in the l

Florida's national parks face a $262 million backlog of deferred maintenance. (Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve/National Park Service)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida's many beautiful parks provide tourist attractions and boost the state's economy. But the state's 11 National Park Service sites needs more than $260 million in repairs. Friday Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., national park advocates, and local leaders will meet at

Anti-fracking groups say Florida's aquifer and the soluble limestone foundation make the state even more vulnerable to damage from fracking. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and conservation advocates is expected to host more than 200 anti-fracking activists during a rally at the Capitol calling for a fracking ban, conservation funding and more. House Bill 237 by Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, would b

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