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12:19 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

FWC's Latest Step To Combat Lionfish Takes Effect, Seeks To Close Potential Loophole

FWC's lionfish control logo.
Credit FWC's Flickr account

Florida Wildlife officials are taking a new step to encourage lionfish removal and help control the invasive species. The new rule took effect Wednesday.

In August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission banned the importation of lionfish for use in the aquarium trade. But, spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says there may be gap in that rule.

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WFSU Local
11:33 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Hawkins' Rehearing Request

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins
Credit 2ndcircuit.leoncountyfl.gov

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins has lost her battle to remain on the bench after the Florida Supreme Court rejected her motion for a rehearing.

Justices decided to remove Hawkins from office last month after an investigation showed she ran a private business from her chambers. She also faced accusations she Hawkins faced accusations that she deleted financial records while under investigation. Hawkins asked for a rehearing, contending that the Supreme Court "overlooked and, in some cases, misapprehended points of fact and law."

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State News
11:25 am
Wed November 26, 2014

DEP Secretary Vinyard Retires; Scott Names Interim

Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Credit WWW.DEP.STATE.FL.US / Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Clifford Wilson III is the Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His position is official December 1, the day Secretary Herschel Vinyard steps down due to retirement, according to a statement from Governor Rick Scott's communications office.

“Secretary Vinyard was instrumental in helping us protect Florida’s environment for future generations, and we are thankful for his service to Florida families," Scott said in a written statement.

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Politics
11:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Private Emails Show Gov. Scott Skirted Open Records Law

Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Newly disclosed records are showing that Florida Gov. Rick Scott used a private email account to discuss state business.

The Scott administration turned over a batch of emails from a gmail account on Tuesday three months after the Associated Press first asked for them.

Most of the emails appear to be from 2011 and 2012. It is not a violation of law to have a private email account, but it would be a violation if someone asked for emails and the governor's office failed to turn them over.

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WFSU Local
6:08 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Funeral For LCSO Deputy Smith Draws Thousands; Community Reflects After Back-To-Back Tragedies

Thousands attend the funeral of LCSO Deputy Christopher L. Smith at the Bradfordville First Baptist Church
Credit LHatter / WFSUNews

Florida’s Capital City is still reeling from two major shooting events in the same number of days that have left residents shaken and searching for answers. 

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