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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - FL: Environmental Justice

This image depicts Piney Point's water management features. This year, a liner in the wastewater pond leaked again, causing Manatee County to declare a state of emergency. (FPWC)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Conservation groups say Florida's environmental regulators ignored a decade of warning signs - including advice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - and it ultimately led to the Piney Point wastewater leak. Now, they plan to file suit. The Florida Department of Environmental

A study by the National Academy of Sciences reveals salt marsh provides an average of $695,000 per square mile a year in protective value to Southeast communities and military installations from storm-surge flooding. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- An initiative to conserve a million acres of salt marsh from Northeast Florida to North Carolina is in motion, following approval Tuesday from the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS). A coalition of groups representing anglers, hunters, b

The most recent manatee population survey by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows 400 Florida manatees died in 2019. But 2021 could set a new mortality record, due to water pollution and loss of food and habitat. (Adobe Stock)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Polluted wastewater released into Tampa Bay at Piney Point in the last two weeks is only one threat to Florida manatees, as an increase in manatee deaths is under investigation on the state's Atlantic coast. The State of Florida has already documented 613 manatee deaths this year, an

According to the International Energy Agency, electricity generation from renewables will increase by 50% in the next five years. Student leaders in Florida hope their universities will commit to using them in the next two decades. (Adobe Stock)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Student-government leaders from several Florida universities want their schools to commit to using 100% renewable energy. This week, the student government association at the University of South Florida (USF) passed a resolution asking all power for the school come from renewable sou

One of the goals of the Green New Deal is to meet

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Leaders of Southern organizations, including environmental advocates, have come up with a Green New Deal - with a Southern touch. More than 160 organizations have joined forces to build on the climate proposal in Congress in ways to tackle inequality as well as climate change.

The Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge is the largest blackwater swamp in North America, and one of the

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LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Conservationists say a proposed mining project near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge poses a real risk for the more than 400,000-acre protected area. It's the largest wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi, and it protects thousands of species. A Trump administration rol

An octocoral (Metallogorgia sp.) and a commensal brittle star (Ophiocreas sp.) photographed at about 6,000 feet deep during a 2017 NOAA research cruise along the northern West Florida Escarpment in the Gulf of Mexico. (noaa.gov)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The federal government has approved new protections for fragile coral hotspots in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a long-awaited victory for environmental groups. Now, damaging fishing gear - like trawls, traps, anchors and longlines - can't be used in nearly 500 miles of scattered re

The Florida Public Service Commission voted 4-1 to maintain the current energy-savings goals established for public utilities in 2014 through 2025. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Conservation groups say Florida's newly updated energy-saving goals are still too low and should be raised. The Florida Public Service Commission recently voted to maintain the state's current energy conservation goals through 2025 instead of following power companies' requ

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