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6:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Fla. Effort Warns Of Drowsy Driving Dangers, Remembers Little Girl Who's The Inspiration

Credit Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

In advance of the Labor Day holiday, Florida Highway Patrol is highlighting the first week of September as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to make sure motorists are not driving while they’re sleepy. The inspiration behind the week is an eight-year-old girl who lost her life to a drowsy driver in Tallahassee.

When remembering Ronshay Dugans, those who knew her remember her well, including Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend Kasey Dennis.

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Elections
5:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Even As Mail-In Voting Grows, Overall Primary Turnout Low, Especially Among Democrats

Only 17.5 percent of Florida voters did during this year's primary.
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This week’s Florida primary election attracted lower turnout than the midterm primary did in 2010. We took a look at some factors keeping people away from the polls, what some counties did to buck the trend and why Democrats might need to worry heading into November.

The primary turnout numbers were pretty dismal. But before we get to that, first, let’s hear from some voters about why they showed up on Election Day.

Tallahassee resident Tim Fletcher said, “If people don’t exercise it, eventually it’s going to disappear. And eventually they’re going to want it back.”

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State News
6:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fla., Ga. Troopers Unite This Labor Day Holiday To Crack Down On Impaired Driving

State Troopers from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama doing the iconic handshake during last year's "Hands Across the Border" event at Bainbridge State College. The overall goal is to stand united against DUI and other traffic violations during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Credit bainbridge.edu

Florida State Troopers are partnering with other law enforcement agencies, in-and-out-of-state, for the “Hands Across the Border” safety campaign. It’s an annual campaign that aims to promote safe driving practices along area highways leading up to the Labor Day Holiday—particularly sober driving.

For the past few years, alcohol-related deaths have been on an increase in Florida. And, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Ryan Martina says law enforcers hope to make sure that doesn’t happen this Labor Day weekend.

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State News
5:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Considering Whether To Rule On Same-Sex Divorce

Credit Andrew Malone via Flickr

The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear a same-sex divorce case. A lower court has asked for guidance after judges in the state recently ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

The spouses in the case are Florida residents who were married in Massachusetts four years ago. Early this year, they filed for dissolution of their marriage, but their circuit court judge said because Florida doesn’t recognize their union, the state lacks jurisdiction to grant their divorce.

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Elections
11:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Florida Primary Election: More Absentee Voters But Low Overall Turnout Expected

Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Update, 10 p.m. 8/26/14:

With some precincts yet to report, Detzner says he believes more voters cast ballots early and absentee than on Election Day. However, the high percentage of voters taking advantage of alternative voting methods didn't contribute to high overall turnout. In fact, Detzner said he predicts fewer people participated in this midterm primary than in 2010, when 22 percent of registered voters cast ballots. 

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