State News

State News
5:25 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Construction To Begin Soon For New Fallen Firefighter Memorial In Capitol Courtyard

An artist rendering of the future Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

The courtyard between Florida’s old and new Capitol buildings will soon have a new addition. The State’s Fire Marshal office is partnering with other firefighter agencies to erect a Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

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State News
10:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Forecast Shows Unexpected Growth In Florida Orange Crops

The most recent forecast of Florida citrus crops shows an unexpected increase in oranges.
Credit Steve Webel / Flickr

Experts predict a spike in the price of Florida’s citrus this upcoming harvest season, meaning slightly more revenue for the state’s farmers. But an unexpected increase in orange production could keep retail prices low.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that’s cut Florida’s citrus crops in half since it first struck the state’s trees in 2005. The lower supply has helped farmers fetch higher prices per orange. But, former University of Florida professor of agricultural economics Tom Spreen says farmers are still having a hard time breaking even.

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2014 Election
9:22 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Florida Ballot Preview: Judicial Appointment Amendment (Am 3)

Florida Supreme Court Justices
Credit Florida Supreme Court

One constitutional amendment proposal on the November ballot could affect Florida politics and policies for decades to come, but it hasn’t gotten much attention. Still, Amendment Three  could give a future governor the power to change the balance of the Florida Supreme Court.

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State News
4:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Six Travelers Monitored As Florida National Guard, Hospitals Prep For Possible Ebola

U.S. Navy Cmd. James Lawler, Naval Medical Research Bio Defense chief of clinical research, briefs a 30-person joint service medical support team in an effort to train personnel to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States, on San Antonio Military Medical Center, Tex., Oct. 22, 2014.
Credit Senior Airman Cory D. Payne / U.S. Air Force

Six people who recently traveled from Ebola-affected regions are under twice-daily monitoring by the Florida Health Department. The state continues preparing in case someone tests positive.

No cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Florida, and all six of the people being monitored are considered low-risk. Gov. Rick Scott says just under 100 hospitals have completed special Ebola training, and he hopes more will do so.

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State News
6:54 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

DOC Sec. Crews And Families Protesting Inmate Abuse Meet, Part Ways Amicably

A group of families are calling for the end of prison abuse. They all traveled to the Capitol Monday in hopes of speaking with the Governor.
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

An inmate abuse protest that started off at the Capitol Monday and ended at the Florida Department of Corrections left both sides parting ways amicably.

Ada Campos’ son, Justin, was serving a life sentence for killing two gang members. He claimed self-defense, but a judge didn’t agree. While housed in Jackson Correctional Institution, Campos says Justin got repeated calls and visits from his family.

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