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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - FL: Rural/Farming

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

Florida's telemedicine bills would authorize providers to use telehealth to perform patient evaluations online, including eye exams. (SofieZborilova/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Legislature is considering bills that would make it easier for people to get some of their healthcare services – possibly including eye care – online. The "telehealth" bills help doctors use technology to provide services to patients remotely. It's

According to Earthjustice, approximately 10,000 to 20,000 pesticide poisonings occur every year among farmworkers. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Farmworkers are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to make pesticide safety training mandatory across the agricultural industry. The Obama administration updated pesticide training rules in 2015. To date, the information that would provide the dos-

A core objective of Florida’s Action for Dental Health is to maximize the utilization and capacity of Florida’s current dental workforce to optimally serve Floridians with preventive and therapeutic dental care. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After being vetoed two years ago, there are new bills in the Florida Legislature that would establish a dental student loan forgiveness program for dentists practicing in underserved communities. Two bills, sponsored by Republicans Sen. Aaron Bean and Rep. Colleen Burton, woul

A tiny bug newly introduced to Florida from Asia attacks citrus trees and some ornamental plants. (Department of Agriculture)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and som

A new poll says hunters and anglers support expanding the Clean Water Rule to smaller tributaries. Credit: bissel/iStock

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hunters and anglers support restoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule to smaller headwaters streams and wetlands by a margin of more than 4 to 1, according to a new poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation on the so-called Waters of

PHOTO: Jodi James and her colleagues at the Florida Cannabis Action Network display their wares, all made from hemp, at the Florida State Capitol. Photo credit: Phil Latzman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A table full of hemp products recently made for a strange sight inside Florida's Capitol building, especially when growing the plant here is illegal. The display was set up to promote new legislation to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp farming, for use in bea

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif

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