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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 to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - FL: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

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

Florida's 1.756 million National Flood Insurance Program policies are the most of any state in the country. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire right in the middle of hurricane season, which starts Friday, and emergency management experts are calling on Congress to fix the 50-year-old program, which is billions of dollars in debt. More than 1.7 million Floridi

Ending substance-abuse and mental-health services for people on probation or parole won't fill the budget shortfall at the Florida Dept. of Corrections. (Nick Mock/Twenty20)

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A facility in Pompano Beach that once housed more than 100 substance-abuse and other treatment beds now stands empty because of budget cuts at the Florida Department of Corrections. Treatment providers are urging Gov. Rick Scott to dip into state emergency reserves to fill a s

An economic study by the Washington Economics Group shows an increase in annual household income of $151 million for Florida residents if voters approve Amendment 4. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A new study says restoring the voting rights of former felons would provide a big boost to Florida's economy. The study by the Washington Economics Group examines the financial impact of the Voter Restoration Amendment, or Amendment 4, which will appear on the November ba

The House is expected to vote to get rid of a consumer protection measure meant to stop car dealers from charging more for car loans based on race. (Sabina Akhmedova/Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – According to several consumer-backed studies, the color of your skin can make buying a car more expensive. In 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a notice that discriminatory auto lending is illegal, but a GOP-led effort in Congress to overturn those pro

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

The manatee is just one iconic Florida species on the federal endangered species list. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Conservationists are sounding the alarm over a new report showing one-third of species in the U.S. are vulnerable to extinction. Groups in Florida say that can change by adequately funding the state's Wildlife Action Plan. The report shows many wildlife species are in dang

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