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6:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn Found Guilty In First Degree Murder Retrial For Killing Jordan Davis

Michael Dunn, 47, listening to the jury's verdict Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
Credit WKMG Local 6's Screenshot

A jury has found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a Georgia teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store.

After more than five hours of deliberations Wednesday, the jury reached its verdict in the re-trial of Michael Dunn. Jurors were deadlocked in Dunn’s first trial on the first degree murder count. The judge declared a mistrial and the case was retried.

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State News
5:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Is The Fifth Time The Charm For A Nuclear Cost Recovery Repeal? A North Florida Lawmaker Hopes So

Credit James Marvin Phelps

A Tallahassee lawmaker is pushing once again to repeal the state’s nuclear cost recovery clause.  State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-Tallahassee) says she plans to file her repeal for the fifth time in a row. Rehwinkel Vasilinda says lawmakers have made changes to the rule in the past years in an attempt to quiet voters’ concerns. But so far, she says, that hasn’t worked.

“Now we still have consumer voices being very loud and talking about the fairness of the issue and how to make rates more fair,” Rehwinkel Vasilinda says.

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State News
6:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Parasail Regulations Among More Than 30 New Florida Laws Taking Effect Wednesday

Groupon.com

A bill regulating the parasailing industry is among 32 new laws set to take effect Wednesday. And, the head of Florida’s water sports association says the state’s parasailing industry is ready.

The "White-Miskell" Act

In January, Sen Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) said she’d never go up in a parasail with an industry that doesn’t have any uniform standards.

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State News
6:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Jennifer Carroll Talks Healing By Writing Tell-All Book, Continuing Book Promo Tour

Former Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll's autobiography, "When You Get There."

Former Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer says writing an autobiography on her life leading up to the events of her resignation was both therapeutic and a source of healing. She’s now promoting her book, “When You Get There,” which was released last month.

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State News
5:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Governor Scott Weighs In On Troubles Surrounding Florida Prisons

Gov. Scott speaking to reporters last week, following a Jacksonville Jobs announcement.
Credit Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott is weighing in on the troubles surrounding the state’s prison system. The Florida Department of Corrections has been in the news lately for prison firings, allegations of inmate abuse, and the latest: threatening to cancel their contract with private inmate health care provider.

During a recent stop in Jacksonville, Scott told reporters he’s aware of the problems in the system and he says Corrections’ Secretary Mike Crews is taking care of it.

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