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Florida lawmakers are working on a measure they hope will help the children of incarcerated parents move forward faster. Fort Lauderdale Democratic Representative Patricia Williams has a bill she says would help to map out a plan for parents and their children.

Lawmakers Want Workplace Protection For LGBT Community

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The Competitive Workforce Act would prohibit discrimination for LGBT individuals working for businesses in Florida.

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A Florida lawmaker is trying to revive a gun bill that has already failed to pass twice during the 2018 legislative session.

Florida lawmakers are looking to ensure genetic tests won’t affect eligibility for insurance coverage. The House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously passed a measure preventing insurance companies from using genetic information when making policy decisions.

Audubon Florida's Celese dePalma talks about plans to build a water reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee.
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The State of Florida is forging ahead with a plan to build a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.  WFSU's Lynn Hatter talked about it with Audubon Florida’s Celeste DiPalma about a new report that lays out options for steering more water to the places that need it and less to the places that don’t.

Wakulla County Deputies Receive Medals Of Heroism

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Florida Governor Rick Scott honored two sheriff’s deputies Thursday with a Medal of Heroism.

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Deputies Matt Hedges and Brandon Sheffield were responding to a house fire last February when they heard a man’s cries for help. The deputies protected him from the fire until it was safe for him to be moved. Though the victim suffered severe burns, he survived. Governor Scott honored the deputies at a Florida Cabinet meeting.

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Florida’s governor is lending some support to a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

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One state lawmaker thinks pornography is a public health concern that’s damaging young Floridians. But one of his colleagues, who’s a doctor, says the state has bigger issues to deal with. 

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Department of Homeland Security to investigate two Florida mayors for supporting sanctuary city policies. It’s the latest in Corcoran’s push for attention on the issue.

Plans For New Sculpture Unveiled

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Plans for a new artistic amenity in Tallahassee were announced this Thursday. A new sculpture will soon be added to Cascades Park as part of the hashtag-i-Heart-Tally campaign.

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On Thursday, USA Gymnastics announced they will stop using the Karolyi Ranch — the site of many of the atrocities committed against Olympians by Larry Nassar, the team's former doctor. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to New York Times reporter, Juliet Macur about what happens next as Nassar faces sentencing hearings this week.

A tablespoon of soil contains billions of microscopic organisms. Life on Earth, especially the growing of food, depends on these microbes, but scientists don't even have names for most of them, much less a description.

That's changing, slowly, thanks to researchers like Noah Fierer, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Fierer think microbes have lived in obscurity for too long. "They do a lot of important things for us, directly or indirectly, and I hope they get the respect they deserve," he says.

What's The Best Way To Help Refugees Land A Job?

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It wouldn't make any sense to send a French-speaking refugee to a German-speaking town in Switzerland.

But under Switzerland's current system of placing refugees, that's a situation that can easily happen. This problem isn't unique to Switzerland, and it's not the only kind of mismatch that might happen.

Editor's note: This report includes disturbing descriptions of child abuse.

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