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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - FL: Civil Rights

Polls by Kaiser, Pew, Reuters, Politico and Gallup found that an overwhelming majority of Americans think that access to abortion  at least under certain circumstances  should not be outlawed. (Tracy Hahn/Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Abortion rights advocates hold a news conference and demonstration in front of Florida's Supreme Court on Thursday to call on U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson to reject President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The groups argue tha

The Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland spawned the March for Our Lives. (Twenty20)

PARKLAND, Fla. – Student activists with the March for Our Lives movement are rallying around a new hashtag, "Road to Change," as they embark on a summer road trip to help register young voters and promote stricter gun laws. The students fighting to eliminate gun violence in America announced t

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

Civil rights leaders plan to march to mobilize Floridians to vote for Amendment 4 so that former felons will automatically have their civil and voting rights restored. (Chris Chitaroni/Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Reverend Al Sharpton and other local and national church and civic leaders are expected to rally in Tallahassee Thursday, calling for the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons. The issue of felons' rights has long been controversial but in recent weeks a judge str

Marsy's Law establishes the right of victims of crime to be informed, to be present, and to be heard at all crucial criminal proceedings. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Supporters of a constitutional amendment that has been discussed for months are hopeful that the language surrounding the proposal will be easy for voters to understand. Marsy's Law, which would give crime victims more details about the judicial process, needs 60 percent

Florida officials asked a federal judge for more time to establish a new process for restoring felons' voting rights. (Democracy Chronicles/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal Wednesday with a federal judge who ruled Florida's current system for restoring voting rights to people after their release from prison is unconstitutional. Bondi told U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that she, Gov. Rick Scott and

Democrats in the Florida Senate want to ban weapons such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle, which was used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After hours of intense debate, the Florida Senate rejected an assault weapons ban this weekend, while moving forward with a voluntary plan to arm teachers in schools. In a rare Saturday session, senators briefly approved - then swiftly rejected - an amendment to Senate Bi

Florida is one of four states that denies the right to vote to all people convicted of felonies until they petition the state to restore those rights. (Amanda Wood/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a surprise victory for voting rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled Florida's current system for restoring voting rights to people after their release from prison is unconstitutional. US District Judge Mark Walker said the process used by Florida's Board of Execu

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