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5:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

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

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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

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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. 

Original post below:

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State News
3:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

New Florida Law Brings Shorter Lines But Same Amount of Early Voters

Early voting turnout was about the same as during the last primary election, despite what election supervisors call a smoother process.
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Florida elections officials are seeing shorter early-voting lines at the polls this year and attribute it to a 2013 law giving local offices more say in early voting hours and locations. But election supervisors say the added convenience hasn't drawn more people to the polls so far this primary.

Florida lawmakers changed voting laws last year after negative headlines about long lines at the polls during the 2012 election.

Duval County Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland says lines are shorter this year.

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State News
7:43 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

What Might Future Florida Human Trafficking Legislation Look Like For 2015?

The logo for the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking
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Florida is ranked number three in the U.S. for the number of calls received at the nation’s human trafficking hotline. To curb that trend, state and local officials have worked with lawmakers over the years to put new laws in place. And, a newly-formed council is hatching plans to build on the state’s past progress and propose new legislation for next year.

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State News
7:15 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

FWC Reports Lionfish App's Success, Also Looks To Make Some Improvements

App user Glen Hoffman's big catch
FWC

Florida wildlife officials are thanking the public for helping them combat lionfish by downloading the Florida Lionfish-reporting app. It’s a way for residents to share sightings of the invasive species on the go.

Since its May release, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says her agency’s lionfish-reporting app has been a success.

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