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9:16 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New Group To Grow State’s Veteran Population

Credit The U.S. Army

A new state-formed group called “Florida Is For Veterans” is charged with helping promote Florida as a veteran friendly state and enticing military members to make Florida their new home.

The legislature created the group through a bill passed last session. During an organizational meeting Monday group members talked about several goals including a plan to contract with a university to create a veteran entrepreneur program. Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Legislative Director, Bobby Carbonell, talked about what that program could look like.

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State News
4:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Gov. Scott Receives More Than 90,000 Petitions Demanding Climate Leadership

Children hold signs in Gov. Scott's office as petitions are dropped off.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

More than 92,000 petitions arrived at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office today urging the governor to announce his plan for fighting climate change. The petitions also call for Scott to cut carbon emissions and invest in solar power, actions that would help the state comply with the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan

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State News
6:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Pilot Program Aimed At Helping Foster Kids Gain Employment Could Soon Expand

The first six chosen to participate in a new pilot program to hlep young adults aging out of foster care: (from left to right) Brian Williams, Kenisha Anthony, Sacha Koval, Julia Schaffer, Samantha Rogers and John Glen Fair
Florida Department of Agriculture

For several weeks, a group of Florida foster youth has been working at one of the state’s largest state agencies as part of a new legislative pilot program. The goal is to help these young adults aging out of the foster system get on the path to future employment.

Back in 2005, Brian Williams went into the foster care system when he was a teenager. He later left when he was 18. The 22-year-old says overall, it wasn’t bad, but it was a big learning experience.

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State News
5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Fight Over Distribution Of Low-THC Marijuana Moves To Administrative Law Court

Charlotte's Web is a non-euphoric marijuana oil. Florida's law allows doctors to order similar products to treat patients who suffer from specific symptoms.
Credit Brett Levin

Opponents of the Department of Health’s proposed rules for distributing low-THC marijuana began a legal challenge this week.  Implementing the new “Compassionate Use of Marijuana” law has been a rocky, contentious ride that doesn’t appear to be easing.

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State News
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

With Kids' Bulletproof Vest Ads, Group Tries To Start Pre-election Conversation On Race

The Tallahassee billboard will be up until the November election.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A billboard in Tallahassee is advertising bulletproof vests for children. The group behind the provocative campaign wants to make Florida voters think about policies like the Stand Your Ground law before they cast ballots in the midterm election.

Picture this: You’re driving westward down one of Tallahassee’s main roads. Apalachee Parkway eventually runs right into state Capitol building, but you’re waiting at a light at the Capital Circle intersection, one of the busiest in town. Then you see it: A billboard high above a KFC restaurant.

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