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5:02 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

The Only Certainty For Low-THC Marijuana Is Delay

A recent court ruling further delays implementation of Florida's low-THC marijuana program.
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  Next year, patients across Florida suffering from extreme seizures and a handful of other symptoms should be able to get their hands on low-THC marijuana, but exactly when next year is unclear.  An administrative court scrapped much of the proposed distribution framework last week.  That leaves stakeholders with hope for a better system, and certainty of a longer wait.

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State News
11:00 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Eleventh Circuit Hears Appeal In Florida's Welfare Drug Testing Case

The Scott administration has pushed hard for a policy of drug testing welfare recipients.
Credit Micah Baldwin

  A plan for drug testing welfare recipients in Florida came before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week.  The American Civil Liberties Union is looking to the Fourth Amendment to challenge the policy.

The 2011 law required applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program to submit to drug testing in order to collect their benefits.  But ACLU of Florida attorney Maria Kayanan says this violates the constitution’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

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State News
9:49 am
Sat November 22, 2014

After Shooting FSU Opens Doors, Opens Hearts

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Florida State University students are back in class after a shooting at the campus library injured three people. The tragedy has raised the same question asked after any school shooting – how could this happen? But  at Florida State, It’s also raised a stronger feeling of community and support. 

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WFSU Local
7:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

After Obama's Announcement, Many Fla. Immigration Lawyers Bombarded With Calls

Tallahassee Immigration Lawyer Elizabeth Ricci says since President Obama's announcement, she's been contacted by a lot of people, wondering how his executive action affects them.
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After President Barack Obama unveiled his executive action on immigration Thursday, a lot of Florida immigration experts and lawyers are getting calls from those who want to know how it affects them.

Since the announcement, Tallahassee Immigration Lawyer Elizabeth Ricci says her phone has been ringing off the hook.

“And, of course, a lot of my clients and members of the community watched it and heard it and have been calling and messaging and wanting to know if they’re eligible,” said Ricci.

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State News
6:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Political Experts: After 'Blame Game' Ends, Fla. Dems Will Move Onto 'Fix It Game'

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The losses Democrats took during the 2014 midterm election are causing rifts within the party ranks. Still the general consensus is for the party to unite and move forward. But, some political scientists say that can only happen once what’s called the “blame game” phase is over.

Losing Florida’s gubernatorial race was a big blow to Democrats in this election. They also lost a number of races across the state and the nation.

Among the losses were several seats in the Florida House—which created a GOP supermajority.

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