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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - FL: Civic Engagement

Florida overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4 on giving previously disenfranchised persons with felonies the opportunity to vote. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A statewide listening tour is under way after more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to restore voting rights to individuals with prior felonies. The passage of Amendment 4 returns full citizenship rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who have completed their sentences fo

A press conference outside the Florida Supreme Court during the recount in the 2000 presidential election. (Village Square/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Delays, mistakes, the addition of rejected absentee ballots, and now, technical malfunctions are all fueling a flurry of legal action in the statewide recount in three of Florida's biggest races. Claiming possible fraud against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Bea

Luc Bastien, left, stands with union brothers at 32BJ SEIU after canvassing. (32BJ SEIU)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a final push to support candidates and issues they care about, a group of immigrant, Latino and Haitian union workers - many of whom are ineligible to vote - still went door-to-door on Election Day to encourage those who can to make it to the polls. In the last few months, t

Kaiser Family Foundation polling shows health care is among voters' top concerns for the 2018 midterm elections. (EVC Photos/StockSnap)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As election day approaches, health care is proving to be a major issue on voters' minds, in Florida and around the country – especially the rights of people with pre-existing conditions. About 27 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 have some kind of pre-existing heal

Five states actively use Marsy’s Law, while 35 have some form of victims' rights in their constitution.  (Geralt/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Among a number of amendments on Florida voters' 2018 ballots, is Amendment 6, also known as Marsy's Law. The amendment to the state's constitution is aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims during the legal process, and supporters say it creates equal footing with d

In 2016, census numbers showed people ages 65 and older had the highest voter-turnout rate, with more than 70 percent casting ballots. (David Mulder/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - When campaigning in Florida, candidates know to take folks age 50 and older seriously, since they can make or break a candidate's chances of winning - and senior advocates say they're looking for more than lip service. A recent AARP/Politico poll confirmed that Social Security,

The new appointments to Florida's Supreme Court are likely to reshape the seven-member Court for years, if not decades. (Bruin79/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is in the midst of its own Supreme Court nomination controversy, as terms for three of the seven justices expire around the same time a new governor will be sworn into office. Gov. Rick Scott is publicly claiming his right to find replacements for Justices Barbara

Research prepared for the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University finds dramatic changes in enrollment, and court rulings and policy changes in recent decades have undercut desegregation efforts in Florida. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Studies, including the latest release of the KIDS COUNT Data Book by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, show students of color are more likely to live in poverty and have poor educational outcomes. But church and civic leaders say that can change if policymakers address educa

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