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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 

A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

2020Talks - August 5, 2020 

Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - FL: LGBTQIA Issues

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Only weeks after the Florida House of Representatives overturned a ban on gay adoptions, that same branch of government is trying to pass a law that grants private adoption agencies the right to steer children away from same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. The so-called

PHOTO: A legislative subcommittee voted along party lines (9-4) in favor of Rep. Frank Artiles' bill to restrict public restroom use based on a person's gender at birth. Photo courtesy of Florida House of Representatives.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new law being proposed in Florida has the state's transgendered community concerned and angry. The proposed legislation, House Bill 583, mandates that public same-sex restrooms in the state be restricted for use by biological gender. It would prohibit use of those facilities b

PHOTO: This week marks the beginning of legal same-sex marriages in Florida, although the fate of other states' same-sex marriage bans could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo credit: FlemishDreams/

MIAMI - On Monday, Miami-Dade County became the first Florida county to allow same-sex marriages. The ruling was made in the courtroom of Judge Sarah Zabel, one of a handful of circuit court judges who had earlier ruled the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages to be discriminatory. As s

Photo: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (L) and Judge Williams Thomas (R)

MIAMI - Florida justice is not swift these days, in part because of empty judicial benches in federal courtrooms in the state. Right now four are vacant - one has been for more than 600 days - with three more vacancies on Florida's federal courts expected by next year. According to Mark Ferrulo, t

PHOTO: Hernandez says immigration laws currently donít treat gay and lesbian couples as legitimate family on green-card petitions because DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, doesnít recognize same-sex marriages.<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As Washington, D.C., and state capitols around the country were flooded with immigration reform advocates Wednesday, some made sure their lobbying, marching and rallying addressed the possibility that gay and lesbian couples will be left out of reform legislation expected to emer

Miami, FL - A familiar face has gone before Florida voters to argue against a new attempt to narrow the definition of marriage. Michael Schiavo, who made national news a few years ago in the fight over whether he could allow his disabled wife, Terri, to die, is urging Florida voters to say "no" to A

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