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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2018.  


Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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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 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME is unlikely to have a direct impact on unionized employees of private businesses, because the First Amendment restricts government action and not private conduct. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opponents of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling freeing government workers from having to pay into unions are using Florida as an example of how bad it could be for working families across the country. The court's 5-to-4 decision upends a 41-year-old ruling that allowe

In the budget year that begins July 1, $100 million from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund will go toward the Florida Forever land-acquisition program, which has been unfunded in past years. But at least $160 million will be spent on agency overhead. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a blow to the legislative branch, a judge in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida lawmakers wrongly diverted money meant for buying and preserving environmentally sensitive lands. Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson on Friday sided with environmental groups in the l

Groups representing Florida workers are calling on Florida’s next governor to back the proposed 2020 $15 minimum wage ballot initiative. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Groups representing workers say it has been years since they've had an ally in the governor's mansion – as such, they've unveiled "An Agenda for Florida's Workers," to serve as roadmap of priority issues for the legislature and incoming governor. This year's agenda

According to Integrity Florida, utilities have an outsized lobbying presence in the state Capitol, employing more than one lobbyist for every two legislators. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The power generated by Florida's four largest utilities goes far beyond just turning your lights on, according to a new report by a watchdog group that found the companies hold significant power over those that are supposed to regulate them. The report by Integrity Florid

The House is expected to vote to get rid of a consumer protection measure meant to stop car dealers from charging more for car loans based on race. (Sabina Akhmedova/Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – According to several consumer-backed studies, the color of your skin can make buying a car more expensive. In 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a notice that discriminatory auto lending is illegal, but a GOP-led effort in Congress to overturn those pro

An average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes have occurred each year since 2006, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida is part of a growing trend of deadly hit-and-run accidents across the country, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Florida's heavy influx of tourists roaming major cities such as Orlando and Miami has made it the third-worst state for

Florida's medical marijuana program currently has 1,314 doctors registered to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's Medical Cannabis Registry reached a milestone recently with more than 100,000 patients signed up for treatment. Advocates of cannabis use say that number would've been four times as much if it weren't for state officials searching for ways to restrict use. Nearly

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