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7:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Thousands Call On Gov. Scott To Fire Lead Prosecutor In Marissa Alexander Case

Several activist groups rallied on the steps of the Old Capitol Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to fire Angela Corey for her handling of the Marissa Alexander case. They also had a box of petitions containing 100,000 signatures and some roses.
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

In just a few months, the Jacksonville woman who inspired the so-called “Warning Shot” bill is expected to have another trial. Several activist groups rallied at the Capitol Thursday, urging Governor Rick Scott to get rid of the lead State Attorney who’s seeking a 60-year prison term in the re-trial of Marissa Alexander.

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State News
6:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Negron Yanks Immigrant Tuition Bill Shrinking Its Chances Of Legislative Approval

Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron (R-Stuart)
Credit Florida Senate

A proposal to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Florida may be dead for the year.

The House included the tuition issue a part of its legislative agenda and it was a priority of Speaker Will Weatherford. but the plan to give undocumented students in-state tuition faced an uphill battle in the Senate from the start, with strong opposition coming from Senate President Don Gaetz.

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State News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Despite Fla. Business Community Push, Gay Discrimination Ban Fails Again

Raschein announces her co-sponsorship of the Competitive Workforce Act in November of 2013.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

One Florida bill bars employers from discriminating against people who are gay or transgendered. But despite strong business community support, it never saw the light of debate this year.  

The chances of passing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act were promising by several measures. It’s a bill making it illegal to treat people worse based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

First, it has bi-partisan sponsorship.

Then there’s broad public support, according to a 2013 public opinion survey.

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State News
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Florida Students Build A Super Efficient Hybrid Vehicle

The EcoEagles with their car
Credit EcoEagles

Students from Florida’s Embry-Riddle University have designed a hybrid car that consumes energy as efficiently as a gas-powered car getting 100 miles per gallon.  This is based on an EPA formula comparing the energy used to charge the batteries with a gallon of gas – 33.7 kilowatt hours equals one gallon.

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WFSU Local
4:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Groundbreaking For St. Marks Clean-Up

St. Marks Refinery clean-up Groundbreaking.
Credit City of St. Marks

  Cleanup of the former St. Marks Refinery is now underway.

Thursday marked the start of the former St. Marks Refinery clean-up project. The site was abandoned in 2003 when the cancerous chemical dioxin was found. Now, a little over a decade later, St. Marks is entering its final step of the clean-up process. The City of Tallahassee and its Community Redevelopment Agency are giving St. Marks $200,000 to fund the project.

Cynthia Barber directs Tallahassee’s Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department, and believes Tallahassee will benefit from the project.

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