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Jesse Romimora / Gov. Rick Scott's Office

Gov. Rick Scott is touting a 47-year low in the state’s crime rate after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its annual statistics. Scott said he is ‘disappointed’ in the legislature over cuts to the Department of Corrections.

The first named storm of the year has formed in the western Caribbean, a full week before the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st.

Subtropical Storm Alberto could produce tropical storm force winds, minor storm surge, and inland flooding along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast Sunday and Monday. Locations near Pensacola to Panama City are most likely to experience these conditions, but the potential hazards from this storm also include coastal regions as far south as Naples.

Matthew Bennett / Unsplash

One in five people over the age of 65 will fall victim to financial exploitation in Florida. 

a large crowd gathers in a clearing between the trees
Florida State Parks

America’s longest-running folk music festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday May 25-27.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

A reboot of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign, which sought to unite those of all races who live in poverty, had a presence in Florida’s Capitol Monday.

Gov. Rick Scott speaking during the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
Governor Rick Scott's twitter

While Hurricane Season is two weeks ago, Florida is already starting to see tropical depressions and bands of heavy rain across the state. And, looking back at the 2017 season, officials want to make sure not only are stakeholders prepared this year, but Florida’s citizens as well.

Courtesy Chris King For Florida

As races for statewide office heat up, two candidates have found common ground on criminal justice reform. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris King was joined this week by fellow Dem and attorney general candidate Sean Shaw in kicking off a tour to roll out King’s platform.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

The number of boating accidents in Florida has been on the rise since 2016.

Kaleigh Wright / WFSU News

Florida TaxWatch announced the winners today for the Prudential Productivity Award. Going the extra mile for taxpayers, the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the Florida State Park System GIS Team won the top cash prizes.  

Screenshot, Chris King for Florida Youtube channel

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King has entered the television ad market. King went after Florida’s politicians whose committees accept millions from the sugar industry.

Orlando police, investigators brief reporters on early morning shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
Catherine Welch / WMFE News

Orlando Police Lieutenant Scott Smith is this year’s Officer of the Year. Smith is being recognized for his bravery following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016.

Someone at the March 24th Rally at the Capitol holds a sign, saying 'This teacher will not carry a gun.'
WFSU News

Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike.

(left to right) Orlando businessman Chris King, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination
Fox News 13 Screenshot

During this National Teacher Appreciation week, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the wide-open primary tried to score points with educators. Meanwhile, the GOP race was solidified at two candidates who are just beginning to hone their criticisms of each other.

Lance Cheung

With the state’s energy portfolio surpassing 60 percent natural gas, Florida’s utility regulators are pushing for greater diversity.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

After teasing a big announcement for this week, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran revealed Wednesday he won’t be joining the race for Governor. Corcoran is instead throwing his support behind Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Manatee
National Geographic

The most recent data on manatee deaths has been released by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Governor Rick Scott (third from left) spoke about an Alachua County emergency declaration after the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Brittany Clark / Florida Governor's Office

A federal appeals court is eyeing a date to hear arguments in Florida’s ongoing legal battle concerning the restoration of felon voting rights. 

Bill Nelson's youtube channel

Florida’s U.S. Senatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill Nelson have both offered their takes on President Donald Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal. Their respective stances could become a central issue between the opposing campaigns.

Drugs and firearms seized as part of "Operation Spring Cleaning."
Florida Sheriff's Association Youtube

This year’s “Operation Spring Cleaning” was a huge success. More than half the counties in the state participated in an effort to get controlled substances off the street during a six-month period.

Governor Claude Kirk standing with his mother on inauguration day: Tallahassee, Florida (January 3, 1967)
FloridaMemory.com / Florida Department of State

Teachers in several states have gone on strike in recent months, protesting for better pay and working conditions. But that’s not the case in Florida, and likely will never be. Still, once upon a time, Florida led the first teacher strike in the United States. 

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
The Florida Channel / WFSU

When Governor Rick Scott rolled out the first television ad in his campaign for U.S. Senate in April, it centered entirely on his desire to bring 12-year term limits to Congress. Meanwhile, this week saw the retirement of Senate President Joe Negron who says he is a “big believer in term limits.” The conversation has even reached the Constitution Revision Commission, with a proposal that would limit school board members to 8-year terms. Florida Public Radio’s Ryan Dailey recently talked with Professor Daniel Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Florida to talk about why the conversation about term limits is bubbling up in every level of Florida politics.

The sign with a bicycle also says "share the road."
AAA

It’s National Bike Safety Month, and Triple-A has some tips for drivers and bicyclists to share the road safely and avoid any deadly crashes. 

apalacheecenter.org

For the past several years, mental health agencies in and around Tallahassee have formed a tight bond to help them address community needs. Now that coalition structure is being used as a model for the rest of the state in the wake of the Parkland school shootings.

Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart)
Nick Evans

Senate President Joe Negron announced his retirement today, leaving two years of his current term on the table. Negron, who was put in office during a 2009 special election, attributes those additional two years to “reapportionment litigation.”

Car tag for the Florida Police Benevolent Association
FLHSMV.org / Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Florida’s largest police union is throwing its support to Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Gwen Graham and Republican contender Adam Putnam. The former Congresswoman and the state Agriculture commissioner are among the slate of statewide office endorsements. 

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