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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - FL: Energy Policy

For most of its 130-year history, the Florida Public Service Commission was a three-person body, elected in statewide elections. Beginning Monday, it's a five-member, appointed commission. (Daniel Oines/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Is Florida's Public Service Commission serving the public – or is it serving the utilities it regulates? That's the question raised in a new report detailing how power companies in the state wield what researchers say is too much influence over the governor and legi

Even before the hurricanes, hard and soft corals have been bleaching in the Florida Keys due to this summer's unusually warm ocean temperatures. (U.S. Geological Survey/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As Florida cities wrestle with how to haul out millions of tons of post-hurricane debris and where to put it, the environmental community is asking whether the storms could mark a turning point in the state's reputation for minimizing the issue of climate change. Despite Flori

Utilities are beginning to expand their renewable-energy footprint by adding solar farms. (John Callas/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Hurricane Irma plunged 6.7 million people into darkness, the moment was short-lived especially for those with solar panels that can work off the grid. In fact, people, businesses, and even cities were able to function if they had a battery storage system or a stand-alo

Florida ratepayers are left on the hook for failed nuclear projects. (Mark Goebel/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A federal appeals court hears arguments this week in a case challenging a Florida law that leaves utility customers on the hook for speculative nuclear projects. The controversial nuclear cost-recovery law passed in 2006, at a time when nuclear power appeared to be making

The public comment period on renewing offshore drilling runs through Aug. 17. (doi.gov)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Just a couple of days are left to comment on a plan by the Trump administration to undo Obama-era protections for the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. President Trump has vowed to take steps to reopen the ocean territories to oil and gas drilling, saying it would boost the econo

Experts say the settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon incident could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore the Gulf of Mexico. (US Navy)

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Beginning this month, Florida will receive about $74 million a year over 15 years from BP's 2016 settlement agreement from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and experts say it's critical to let science guide the use of those funds. The National Wildlife Federation has compiled a list

Opponents of the Sabal Trail Pipeline say it will damage environmentally sensitive areas of Florida and put drinking water at risk. (WWALS Watershed Coalition)

LIVE OAK, Fla. – As a small group holds vigil near the Suwannee River in north Florida, a growing chorus of voices across the state and online is speaking out against the proposed Sabal Trail Pipeline. Plans call for the 515-mile natural gas pipeline to tunnel under forests, wetlands, ranche

Smog or ozone pollution is already a big problem for Florida cities, but the group Clean Air Moms Action says air quality isn't a priority for President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (Sierra Club Florida)

MIAMI – As confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees continue in Washington, his choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency is facing serious questions from parents in Florida. The advocacy group Clean Air Moms Action is running a series of television a

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