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Nick Evans

Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

Florida is no longer the only state that regulates what doctors say to their patients about guns.

Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala)
Florida House of Representatives

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

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A somber day of love and support is planned Monday at Pulse a year after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Gov. Scott flanked by lawmakers speaking at the end of last week's special session.
Nick Evans

Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill into law requiring autism awareness training for Florida’s law enforcement officers. But, some may not see the merits of the new law—that gained traction after a high profile incident last year.

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A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says on average, recent college grads are leaving school with more than $30,000 in debt. And Florida lawmakers worry many of those students haven’t given much thought to how they’ll pay that money back.

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The Florida Panhandle, like many rural areas across the country, is experiencing a shortage of healthcare providers. Competitive residencies and high-paying specialties draw graduates toward big cities. WFSU went on the road to find out what it’s like to stay in those rural areas.

High Times

A state appeals court has decided Florida’s fledgling marijuana industry needs a little more sunshine.

Florida House of Representatives

Republican Representative Cary Pigman did not illegally pressure Okeechobee school administrators to discipline a veteran principal, the Ethics Commission has ruled.

ACLU: Tainted Waters

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Lantigua spent months investigating this summer’s massive toxic algae bloom that fouled beaches along the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.

MGN Online

A Florida lawmaker is hoping the state legislature will take up a refiled gun control bill during this week’s special session.

Nick Evans

With time running out in this week’s special session, state lawmakers have lined up a showdown over education funding.  Both chambers are planning final votes Friday. 

Floirda Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law capping pain and suffering damage awards in medical malpractice cases.

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A new report by the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about the state’s handling of last summer’s toxic algae blooms in South Florida. 

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched its Safe Summer Travel Campaign. Florida Highway Patrol Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe says motorists should take several safety precautions during this year’s above-normal hurricane season.

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House and Senate lawmakers are taking another crack at implementing last year’s medical marijuana amendment.

Erich Martin

The Florida Senate is setting the stage to override Governor Rick Scott’s veto of public school funding.  But House lawmakers say the Senate is on its own.

Executive Office of the Governor

While Governor Rick Scott works behind the scenes to keep a special legislative session from blowing up in his face, national Democrats are blasting him in a 60-second video.

Regan McCarthy

President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions of dollars from Medicaid would hit small town America hardest, especially in Florida, according to a new Georgetown study.

Hurricane season is here and you're probably hearing a lot of talk about maps; storm surge maps and perhaps even flood zone maps. Here are some clear differences to help you understand what they mean for you.

Let's start with storm surge maps. They help emergency managers make plans to protect the nearly 21 million people who call Florida home -- by predicting how high the water wall forced onshore by a storm might be and how far inland it will invade. That will also help you know when it's time to head for higher ground. 

Universities around the state of Florida are reviewing their budget for the next year and mental health services remain a priority.

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This week’s special legislative session is expected to cost taxpayers more than $100,000. But the three-day long process could be a boon for Tallahassee’s local economy.

Constitution Revision Commisison

After a sometimes chaotic and heated debate, the Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday adopted compromise ground rules that open government advocates say they can live with.

Florida Public Service Commission

State regulators are rejecting Duke Energy’s request for a mid-year rate hike to cover an unexpected rise in the cost of fuel.

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