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Lawmakers are looking into new rules for umpires. No, not that kind—property insurance appraisal umpires.

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About a week after friends and family of a former college football player advocated on behalf of their loved one’s claims bill, it passed its first committee hearing in the Senate.

Florida School, District Grades Released

Feb 12, 2016
Ashley Tressel

Florida schools received 2015 grades Friday. Education officials are calling the results a “new baseline.” 

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A bipartisan effort to revamp the state’s wrongful incarceration compensation program is moving through the legislature. The proposal could make it easier for exonerees to get compensation.

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After years of trying, lawmakers are finding success with a plan to create a needle exchange pilot program in Miami Dade County.

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The Florida Senate has rolled out a plan its education budget chairman says is aimed at creating parity between state and local funding for school districts. The move sets up a potential showdown on tax cuts.

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Florida is a step closer to replacing one—or both—of its entries in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall.  A measure to replace a confederate general has passed the Senate.

Leon County Readies for Presidential Primary

Feb 12, 2016
Tom Flanigan

Leon County’s preparations for Florida’s March 15th Presidential Primary Election are well underway.

On Tuesday (2/9), County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho was supervising the mailing out of some 17,000 ballots from the main Tallahassee post office. He noted these were once known as “absentee ballots”.

“It used to be that you needed an excuse to vote by mail,” he said. “That is why they called it an ‘absentee ballot’. You actually has to be physically absent from the county before you could vote by mail.”

Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administrations has cited the Calhoun-Liberty County Hospital with 10 deficiencies in an audit following the death of a Blountstown woman.

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The question of whether the United States should welcome refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries has sparked much passionate debate. There will be a community forum in Tallahassee this Sunday night will attempt to turn down the temperature of that discussion.

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Top Issues Of The 2016 Florida Legislative Session

The Florida legislature will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 12 for the start of its annual, 60 day session. The top priority is ironing out a state budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. But to get there, lawmakers will have to address dozens of other issues.
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