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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that’s meant to be an update to the Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Act. The aim is to help exonerees have an easier time receiving compensation for a wrongful conviction. It’s because over the past decade, few have been compensated due to a provision that blocks those with a prior felony record.

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Last year was one of the deadliest for the Florida panther. Wildlife experts say there will likely not be as many fatalities this year, but Florida drivers should still take several precautions. 

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The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic.

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Former U.S. Sen. and Florida Gov. Bob Graham says the Legislature’s decision not to fund Florida Forever is a blatant violation of Amendment 1, the 2014 conservation amendment.

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A veritable who’s who of Tallahassee’s political and business leaders are being swept up in a federal investigation of the Community Redevelopment Agency and some of its biggest projects.

Reflecting the industry’s sagging fortunes, the Florida Citrus Commission is recommending a 22 percent spending cut. 

Concerned about the 53 million cars on U.S. highways with unresolved recalls, the National Safety Council is launching a new website.

Outraged over President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdraw from the Paris Accords, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is vowing to take up the slack.

Lawmakers wanted a Capitol Complex advisory council after engineers discovered structural failures in parking garages under the House and Senate. But Gov. Rick Scott doesn't see the need.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law that supporters say will help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

FWC Asks The Public To Report Fish Kills

Jun 20, 2017
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants the public to report all fish kills this summer, when high temperatures and hurricanes threaten Florida’s marine and freshwater wildlife.

In a highly unusual move, Leon Circuit Judge John Cooper is reversing a previous ruling that so-called “pre-reveal” video games often found in bars and convenience stores are not illegal slot machines.

Tom Flanigan

The big 22-story Florida Capitol is where all the legislative and executive branch action takes place nowadays. But the Old Capitol building next door is the one that so often appears in any visual reference to state government, such as TV ads for or against state political candidates or various causes of urgent public concern.

Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, they’re marking some disappointments as well.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law seeking to improve Florida's eyewitness ID system.

Gay Men Still Unable To Donate Blood One Year After Pulse

Jun 16, 2017
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It’s been about a year since a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse Night Club – a popular spot among members of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender community. After the incident, people lined up to give blood, and gay men pushed for the right to help their friends. Twelve months later, a Food and Drug administration rule preventing sexually active gay men from giving blood still stands.

Erich Martin

Under a newly signed Florida law, Possession of just four grams of the synthetic drug fentanyl can land a person in jail for a minimum of 3 years. Some are pushing back against the mandatory minimum sentence. But others claim it makes sense when one considers that that same amount—just four ounces--is enough to kill a room full of people.

Nick Evans

After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

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State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week.  But the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

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The Sabal Trail Pipeline is up and running, pumping natural gas some 515 miles from Alabama to Central Florida. But environmental concerns and legal challenges remain.

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A plan to protect 39,000 acres along the upper Apalachicola River won early-stage approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection's Acquisition and Restoration Council Friday. The project is a missing link in the patchwork of conservation land ringing the state’s largest river.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial bid is gathering momentum as he picks up top-tier endorsements and some honorable mentions by one of Florida’s leading pundits.

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Florida university graduates continue to post stellar employment figures, despite a sluggish recovery.

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The Florida League of Women Voters is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a decades-old legal dispute: when a justice’s term ends at the same time as the sitting governor, who appoints a replacement? 

Armed with a new, 85-million-dollar business incentive fund, Florida Governor Rick Scott is headed to Connecticut to burnish his credentials as corporate recruiter in chief.

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