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Broward County schools will soon launch a challenge to a new state education law that steers more local dollars to charter schools and  the head of the state teachers union believe more lawsuits will soon follow.

Former Panama City lawmaker Jimmy Patronis is remaining tight lipped as he assumes the title of Chief Financial Officer.

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A 62-year-old Jefferson County widow is living in a group home after her husband’s death led to a nervous breakdown and an involuntary commitment. Meanwhile, her former legal guardian is behind bars until she accounts for $400,000 in missing cash, real estate and personal property. Advocates say it’s an example of a faulty system, and a warning flag for a rapidly aging Sunshine State. 

Religious Expression Law Goes Into Effect July 1st

Jun 29, 2017

A multitude of bills goes into effect Saturday, including one that is protecting the religious expression of public school students. 

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As sort of a pilot, state wildlife officials are holding three different bay scallop seasons in the Florida Panhandle. While one starts Saturday, another is already underway.

Visit Florida's Vice President Steps Down

Jun 27, 2017
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Vice President of Florida’s tourism agency, Alfredo Gonzalez is stepping down. Spokesman Stephen Lawson says Visit Florida’s current President, Ken Lawson will lead the organization forward.

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A No Casinos organizer is expressing his disappointment after Governor Rick Scott rejected warning labels for Florida Lottery tickets.

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The “Cameron Mayhew Act” is slated to take effect Saturday, after Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law aimed at increasing school bus safety.

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Governor Rick Scott is earning praise and jeers for naming one of his staunchest allies, former Republican lawmaker Jimmy Patronis, to the Cabinet post of Chief Financial Officer.

Ten more medical marijuana treatment centers can open by October 3rd and people with a handful of chronic and life-threatening diseases can get access to the drug under a law just signed by Governor Rick Scott.

Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, the irascible Senate budget chief who is mulling a run for governor, is already spicing up the race.

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With outside temperatures soaring, the heat inside parked vehicles can go higher still. Florida is now ramping up its efforts to make sure little kids don't wind up trapped inside those vehicles.

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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.

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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.

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