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Democrats and Republicans may be used to highlight both ends of the political spectrum, but there are other parties sprinkled throughout. As election season begins to ramp up,  there may be some confusion around third parties and how it can affect voter turnout.

A student was shot at Forest High School in Marion County and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is in custody. The wounded student, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury to his ankle.

U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is among the 20 people on the House Agriculture Committee voting “no” on a federal farm bill that would impose work requirements on food stamps. 

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Defense attorneys for the four men facing trial in the hazing death of Florida State University Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey want more specifics from the prosecution as to how their clients caused the 20-year-old’s death.

April is Autism Awareness month, and the Florida Department of Health is using the time to highlight a potential resource for disabled Floridians.

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Florida’s U-S Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have added a bipartisan proposal to a nationwide opioid bill that could go before the Senate.

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All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates will have their first debate Wednesday.

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Five men who were facing trial in the death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey have accepted plea deals that will see them take a misdemeanor hazing charge. 

Tom Flanigan

Former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff paid his more-than-$14,000 filing fee to officially enter the race for congress this (Monday, April 16) morning.

Governor Rick Scott in his office in front of a Florida flag
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

The Florida Attorney General’s Office has officially filed its appeal to U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker’s felon voting rights ruling. In February, Judge Walker ruled Florida’s current voting rights restoration system is unconstitutional and ordered Governor Rick Scott to create a new system. But, Scott says the current clemency board protects victims.

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This week, members of Congress grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about a data privacy scandal where millions of Facebook users data were compromised by a political consultant firm. Here's some of back and forth between Zuckerberg and Florida’s U.S. Senators and Representatives.

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Defense attorneys for two of the nine men charged with felony hazing in the death of Florida State Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey say they have evidence that could potentially upend the prosecution’s case.

Florida’s Medicinal Marijuana industry has had a newsworthy week with lawsuits, court cases, and administrative complaints. To cap off this eventful week, the Department of Health held another Marijuana workshop on Friday, which focused on packaging, labeling, and waste management.

Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, debates on the House floor May. 5 2017.
Florida House of Representatives

Florida voters will be asked in November whether to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. This comes as the state clemency board has been ordered to revise its process for restoring rights. Now some state candidates are weighing in.

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A non-profit providing insurance coverage for Floridians with HIV and AIDS is picketing the state’s Agency For Health Care Administration headquarters. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says nearly 2,000 patients could have service disrupted if a long-standing Medicaid contract is dropped.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida business leaders are pushing back against a potential change to Florida’s constitution. It would require businesses to verify new workers are eligible to work in the U.S.

Marijuana Provider Worried About DOH Pesticide Rules

Apr 11, 2018
Lawmakers have tried and failed for years, but perhaps 2015 is the year medical marijuana comes to Florida.
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A marijuana provider has raised concerns with the Florida Department of Health’s proposed pesticide rules, and both sides have a deadline for a compromise.

Sunday marked the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. And the week of awareness is part of a push to expand victims’ rights in Florida’s constitution.

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Despite a two hour public hearing held earlier this week to limit visitation hours, the Florida Department of Corrections intends to keep normal visitation hours this weekend at all its correctional facilities. The rule change—originally scheduled to take effect Saturday—would have limited visitation to correctional facilities to essentially two per month for a minimum of two hours. And, that may have depended on the inmate’s number within the prison system. Today, you can visit every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About a 100 people trekked to Tallahassee for the two-hour hearing to voice their opposition to the proposed rule change. They included Forgotten Majority’s Judy Thompson who spoke with Sascha Cordner.

Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Governor Rick Scott (third from left) spoke about an Alachua County emergency declaration after the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Brittany Clark / Florida Governor's Office

Days after Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal of District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling the Clemency Board must overhaul Florida’s voting rights restoration process for felons, Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott are unflinching in defense of their position.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
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Next week marks the beginning of Florida’s Wildfire Awareness Week. And this year lands on the anniversary of a historic season.

Analysts See Troubling Trends In Florida Budget

Apr 6, 2018
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Governor Rick Scott signed off on an $88.7 billion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year quicker than many expected. But, that hasn’t prevented the nonprofit organization TaxWatch from releasing their annual Budget Turkey Watch Report. The group says it sees some troubling trends. 

The latest report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Florida’s progress in several key indicators is starting to stall when it comes to improving the lives of children. While Florida has made progress in areas like educational outcomes it continues to rank near the bottom of states on other points. Now a leading children’s advocacy organization is calling for changes.

Florida Channel

Florida could soon be filing its own opioid abuse lawsuit against drug manufacturers. They’d be joining a long list of states, counties, and cities that have done the same.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
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More than 30 wildfires are burning across Florida, and at least three of them are still significant—burning thousands of acres.

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