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Florida’s public school teachers’ yearly income is ranked the 45th worst nationally. That’s according to a poll by the National Education Association. The census also found the average teacher salary in Florida has decreased in the past decade by 12 percent. In response to these statistics, the Florida Education Association is asking state politicians to take a pledge to increase Florida teacher wages. 

A lionfish in Florida Bay
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From “smart traps” to underwater drones, Florida’s wildlife agency hopes five organizations will spend thousands of dollars in grant funding to find new ways to further target lionfish. The spiny invasive species eat fish native to Florida, have no natural predators, and can lay thousands of eggs over a short period of time.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene entered the race barely three months before the primary. Now, the billionaire real estate titan is coming out strong on education. In a recent interview with WFSU’s Ryan Dailey, Greene called for two years of public pre-Kindergarten and talked charter schools among other topics.

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Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson joined a group at the Florida Capitol Thursday asking Governor Rick Scott to explain a lawsuit activists say could make getting health coverage for pre-existing conditions more difficult. 

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Valdosta State University has found several mosquitoes tested in their labs to be positive with West Nile Virus. With no human infection yet reported, Courtney Sheeley tells us how we can take defense against a mosquito heavy summer.

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson wants to see the end of a federal policy separating immigant children from their families. Theresa Frederick spoke as a representative for lawson's office at a press conference Tuesday. Frederick said Lawson is hopeful Republicans and Democrats will unite to protect immigrant children.

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas.
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The U.S. Senate recently approved a resolution by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio recognizing Juneteenth. The day celebrates the end of slavery more than 150 years ago.

With his father looking on, Curtis Bean Jr., aka Kid Balla meets Attorney General Pam Bondi at Drug Free America Foundation.
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One of Attorney General Pam Bondi’s top priorities is cracking down on drugs. And, during a recent Florida Cabinet meeting, she invited a young rapper to spread a similar anti-drug message.

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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and state officials want Florida’s seniors to be aware of common scams to avoid.

Recent polling shows there are four constitutional amendments poised for approval on Florida’s November ballot. Three of those deal exclusively with the issue of taxation. But there’s ongoing concern that determining tax policy through constitutional referendum isn’t in the public’s best interest.

Agriculture Commissioner and Republican Gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam
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Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner says he wants to set the record straight about what happened when close to 300 background checks were revoked due to an issue at his agency.  Still, despite ongoing criticisms, could Adam Putnam face political fallout over this issue?

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News is available at our fingertips. What constitutes news, and when should it be designated as “fake?”

The Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association is hosting a luncheon on Thursday, June 21, to discuss how news consumers can discern what’s truthful and what’s less-than-factual.

Sachs Media Group Founder and CEO Ron Sachs will present tips on how to help stop the spread of misinformation – like keeping our own biases and emotions in check.

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Free college tuition was one rally cry of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. It drew accusations from the Vermont Senator’s critics that he’s a radical, and ardent backing from his supporters. But in Florida, at a recent Democrat Gubernatorial candidate forum, the idea had majority candidate support.

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Father’s Day is around the corner, with the average Floridian family spending $133 on their dad. The Florida Retail Federation says with unemployment at a 10-year-low and a strong state economy, the retail industry remains robust for this holiday.

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It’s now been two years after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting that left 49 people dead in Orlando. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it’s time Congress acts on bipartisan gun reform legislation.

Groups gathered in the Florida Capitol, wearing orange, to call for higher minimum wage in the state.
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Advocacy organization The Poor People’s Campaign has taken up the cause of calling for a $15 minimum wage. A group advocating for small businesses doesn’t share that sentiment.

Florida’s embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators ability to govern it, leading to problems.

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A Florida State University Professor has brought together three of the school’s colleges to participate in a unique course covering the State’s ongoing legal battle over felons’ voting rights. At a recent class, Leon County’s Sherriff shared insight into how he, his peers and the formerly incarcerated view the issue.

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured.

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Monday marks the beginning of the recreational Red Snapper Season in Florida. Lasting until July 20th in Gulf and Federal waters, this season is unique to its predecessors. 

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The American Petroleum Institute wants to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast.  API says safety isn’t a concern this time. 

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The Florida Forest Service is offering money incentives to private landowners in exchange for growing and creating a friendly ecosystem for the Long Leaf Pine. Those with non-industrial land of at least five, but no more than 5,000 acres of forest land are eligible.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a 70 percent chance of Florida receiving between 5 to 9 hurricanes this season. The forecast is predicted with the help of the National Hurricane Center, whose primary hurricane data comes from Florida State University’s Superensemble system.

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A group of activists want no trace of lead in Florida’s drinking water – whether it be in schools or government buildings. The group found elevated lead levels in drinking fountains in Florida’s Capitol.

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June and July are the two most dangerous months for drivers. That’s why the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is kicking off their Safe Summer Travel campaign. 

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