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Top Issues of the 2017 Legislative Session

The Florida legislature will convene on Tuesday, March 7 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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'Moonlight' Inspires FSU Film Students

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Florida State University is celebrating Moonlight’s Best Picture win at the Oscars. The film’s director and several editors graduated from FSU’s Film School.

Republican members of Florida’s Congressional Delegations have found themselves confronting angry constituents at recent town hall meetings. The move is part of a backlash from Democrats over the Presidential election. But how long will that anger last?

Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores.
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Senate President Pro Tem Anitere Flores is proposing a tax cut on Floridians’ cable and cell phone bills.  But to pay for it, the Miami Republican’s plan would eliminate a tax break for the insurance industry.

Higher workers’ compensation rates in Florida are likely here to stay, warns a key player in the Florida Senate.

Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard Co.) reading his letter to Governor Rick Scott.
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Republican state lawmakers want a say over local business regulations across the state. Legislation

preempting local power is moving through the legislature.

Tom Flanigan

About 8,000 people toured Tallahassee's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory during Saturday's open house. The event focused on the link between science and cinema.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's C.K. Steele Bus Plaza now contains a bronze plaque honoring Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks.

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A world-respected Tallahassee biologist has written what’s being called the most complete book ever about the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. For the author, Natural Scientist Bruce Means, this is a creature that prompts far more fascination than fear.

An endangered species of Magnolia is the Garden Club of America’s 2017 plant of the year. Researchers at the University of Florida are studying why it’s become rare.

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Top Florida Republican lawmakers are heading to Washington D.C. soon to discuss potential healthcare changes with their Congressional counterparts. They want President Donald Trump’s administration to blockgrant Medicaid funding. But some Floridians worry the sick and the poor will lose their health insurance.

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From NPR News

The private company SpaceX has announced it plans to send two passengers on a mission beyond the moon in late 2017.

If the mission goes forward, it would be the "first time humans have traveled beyond low-Earth orbit since the days of Apollo," as NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce told our Newscast unit.

The two private citizens approached the company about the idea and have already paid a sizable deposit, CEO Elon Musk told reporters in a conference call. These private individuals will also bear the cost of the mission.

President Trump's initial budget proposal isn't enough to expand the military in the way he proposed.

Trump campaigned on the need to add tens of thousands more troops to the Army and Marine Corps, field a Navy with 350 warships or more and also to upgrade the Air Force. The $54 billion he's seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale Trump endorsed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to devote federal resources to combat violent crime and to shore up morale across the nation's police departments, on Monday in his first on-the-record briefing as the top U.S. law enforcement officer.

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning?

A new study published Monday in Nature Plants breaks down the environmental cost of producing a loaf of bread, from wheat field to bakery. It finds that the bulk of the associated greenhouse gas emissions come from just one of the many steps that go into making that loaf: farming.

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