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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - FL: Energy Policy

Advocates fear the impact of oil testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. (M. Schwartz)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse sites in the state, but many who love it say it's not being preserved the way it should. The National Park Service recently authorized seismic testing in the preserve, a process that involves mu

Cars with special sensors mapped more than 800 miles of Jacksonville, a pilot city for a project to detect small natural gas leaks. (Environmental Defense Fund)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How safe are the natural gas lines under your street? A new high-tech tool is helping to answer that question, while potentially sparing damage to the environment and your wallet. The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equi

Critics say legislation to allow fracking in the state is moving too quickly. (Ostroff Law//Wikimedia Commons)

TAMPA, Fla. - State senators are poised to vote on a bill that would roll out the welcome mat for fracking operations statewide, despite grave concerns from the scientific community. The bill, which already passed the state House, would not require fracking companies to disclose the chemicals or pot

The Florida Public Service Commission hears arguments today on whether power companies can raise rates to pay for nuclear plant development, even if the plants don't get built. Credit: Craig Anderson/iStockphoto.com.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Public Service Commission hears arguments today on whether Florida Power and Light and Duke Energy should be allowed to charge ratepayers for costs associated with developing nuclear power plants. A 2006 state law requires power companies to get approval for "a

Emissions from power plants continue to contribute to hazy skies and the effects of climate change. Being a sea level wetland, the Everglades stands to enjoy the most immediate benefits of the president's new Clean Power Plan. Credit: David Parsons/iStockphoto.com

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. – Environmentalists say Florida's national parks will enjoy considerable benefits from President Obama's new Clean Power Plan, which mandates significantly lower emissions at all coal-fired power plants. The air quality in Everglades National Park ranked the third worst of

An egret rests in a marsh in the Everglades. A Florida real estate company has filed for a permit to build an exploratory oil rig on land it owns near Miramar. Credit: Floridastock/iStockphoto.com.

Tallahassee, FL - Activists are blasting the idea of drilling for oil in the Everglades - after a longtime Florida firm, Kanter Real Estate, filed for a permit to allow oil exploration on land it owns near Miramar. Comments from Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Ass

Activists are gathering signatures for a state constitutional amendment authorizing third-party sales of electricity to encourage more solar power. Credit: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Floridians for Solar Choice constitutional amendment effort is moving quickly to get on the 2016 ballot. Backers say they've gathered more than 100,000 signatures, exceeding the 10 percent necessary to submit the language to the state Supreme Court. Stephen Smith, boar

More fuel-efficient cars are helping Florida reduce carbon emissions. A new report says the state is doing well in that regard, compared to most other states. Credit: jppi/morguefile.com.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida has a big role to play in combating global warming, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Analysts for the nonprofit group Environment America examined the total reductions in carbon pollution projected, by state, for the next ten years. They found the Sun

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