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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - FL: Gun Violence Prevention

Democrats unsuccessfully tried to hold a special session on guns after Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, which left 49 people dead. (Fuzzy Gerdes/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida house Democratic Caucus has forced a vote on whether lawmakers should convene a special session to address what they call an epidemic of gun violence in the state. From the back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio to everyday violence involving guns, Demo

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks firearms legislation, gives Florida a failing grade for its gun laws this year. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The latest mass shooting in Jacksonville is seen by some as another example of why Florida's attempt to reform its gun laws falls short. Gun-control advocates flooded social media with hashtags like #AnotherFLShooting and #GunshineState, in frustration over the latest shoot

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

Eight youths are suing the state of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott over climate change. They would like to see a

TALLAHASSEE, Fla – The eight young Floridians suing Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are riding the wave of youth activism with multiple press conferences focused on the environment. The students are suing the state for what they say is a violation of their constitution

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the new gun-control bill into law. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Even though the National Rifle Association sued the state of Florida just after Gov. Rick Scott signed a new gun control bill Friday afternoon, parents of the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are calling on other states to follow Florida's lead. SB 7026 rai

Twenty protesters participate in a Die-In on the fourth-floor rotunda of the Florida State Capitol.  (Lakey Love)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida state lawmakers have given final passage to a gun-safety package that raises the legal age for buying rifles and imposes a three-day waiting period on all firearms sales, while also allowing the arming of some public-school personnel. Wednesday's passage of Senate

The Florida Senate debates SB 7026, established in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As negotiations play out in the final week of the legislative session, the Florida Senate has adopted a last-minute amendment to its school safety bill designed to appease Gov. Rick Scott and other critics - but some Democrats and gun-control advocates remain opposed. Un

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

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