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Both prescription and illegal opioids are driving a national spike in overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015. Florida has seen a dramatic increase in opioid-driven overdoses, up more than 20 percent.  Yet, lawmakers are still grappling with how to address the issue.

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A number of NRA-backed bills are now headed to the House floor. That includes a bill making changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and another allowing guns on private school property.

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Lawmakers seem to agree Florida’s coastline is a vital part of the state’s economy.  But one Senate panel highlights the lack of agreement on how to protect it.

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The Constitution Revision Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings throughout the state. Voter input will shape any amendments the group proposes.

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The Florida Senate has approved a bill to tear down the regulatory wall between grocery stores and liquor stores. But the plan has independent retailers worried.

Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is doubling down on tough talk about Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala.  Corcoran says her blanket decision not to seek the death penalty crosses a line and he urges Florida Governor Rick Scott to suspend the prosecutor.

Tallahassee's Community Redevelopment Agency has approved the sale of the Bloxham Building and old jail near Cascades Park.  The move is part of a redevelopment effort in the area, and could become the new home of a mixed use development project.

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Florida lawmakers are voting on legislation Thursday that would allow more religious expression in public schools. Bill sponsors said not allowing students and school employees to talk about their religions violates the First Amendment. But critics say these bills force Christian beliefs on others.

Cross-Cultural Colors Captured in Union Bank Exhibit

Mar 23, 2017
Tom Flanigan

One of Tallahassee’s most visible – but least visited – buildings opens its doors for a very special exhibit starting this Friday (3/24). The Historic Union Bank Building in the shadow of the Old Capitol on Apalachee Parkway will become a unique kind of art gallery for the next several months.

Artist renderings of what a possible mixed use housing development in Frenchtown would look like.
City of Tallahassee

Tallahassee Commissioners are postponing the sale of a parcel of land in Frenchtown. Residents protested the sale of the land to a student-housing developer, saying it jeopardizes the historic nature of the area.

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2017 Legislative Issues

Florida's legislative session has begun and several issues are expected to arise during this year's lawmaking session.

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As part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, WFSU’s local contestants are now online and ready for your vote. The local fan favorite will be featured on WFSU. Get your vote in by March 23rd!

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Primate brains may have grown larger and more complex thanks to a fruit-filled diet, a new study suggests.

By an overwhelming 31-1 vote, NFL owners have approved the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas — though the team will still remain in the Bay Area for at least the 2017 season and possibly longer.

The number was nothing less than a shock to the system. In text set beside a series of photographs, each one depicting a girl of color staring back at the camera, the image that went viral on social media last week claims to lay bare an appalling truth: "14 Girls Have Gone Missing in DC in the Last 24 Hours."

Trouble is, police say the claim is not true.

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