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Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Wednesday was the latest parole hearing for a deaf man currently serving a life sentence for a 1981 murder he says he did not commit. The parole board agreed to keep his presumptive parole release date the same.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee)
Nick Evans

A sweeping and contentious education measure may be on its way to court, but a Democratic Senator wants to double down on what he sees as good provisions in the bill.

Report: Florida Schools Beginning To Re-Segregate

Sep 27, 2017
Leroy Collins Institute

Florida schools are beginning to re-segregate by race and income, that’s according to a new public policy report. Highly segregated schools are found in metropolitan urban areas of Florida, with the highest concentration in Miami. The study is from the Leroy Collins Center. And co-author Gary Orfield says schools with more minority students are getting fewer resources.

Naples Daily News

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma’s horrific pounding, and with two months left in the Atlantic Hurricane season, Florida’s emergency management chief is heading out the door.

Tampa Bay Times

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is urging business leaders to turn up the political heat for insurance reform.

Rev. James T. Golden speaking at Florida's Capitol building.
Nick Evans

A handful of faith leaders wants the Constitution Revision Commission to place new restrictions on payday lenders.  The ministers want drastic reductions in the costs for borrowers.

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott will ask lawmakers for $50 million next year to fight opioid abuse.  But it’s not clear how much will go to treatment and how much to enforcement.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott does not appear to be backing down from his emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have a generator within the next two months.

Fallout from Hurricane Irma is reaching the foundation of Florida’s government as the powerful Constitution Revision Commission considers extending key deadlines.

WFSU

Democratic lawmakers are calling once again for a Florida slavery memorial after a previous attempt died at the hands of a powerful Republican committee chairman.

Gas Prices Decreasing After Hurricanes Harvey And Irma

Sep 25, 2017
MGN Online

Gas prices are on a steady decline after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

A Florida lawmaker says this weekend’s deadly church shooting in Nashville should bolster support for his proposal to loosen gun restrictions in religious institutions.

Big Bend environmentalists are sounding the alarm about a Mississippi company’s plans to drill for oil on 10 thousand acres in Calhoun County, about an hour west of Tallahassee.

A new legislative proposal could require Florida schools to distribute free or reduce-price meal applications to all students, not just those in need. The bill applies to schools in the national school lunch program or the breakfast program.

Kelsey L. Adams via U.S. Navy / U.S. Navy

Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

US Department of Agriculture

Hurricane Irma hung over an annual gathering of state and industry officials discussing water policy.

Master Sgt Jerry Morrison via Department of Defense / https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter

Some of Florida’s military supporters are lining up behind the state’s land acquisition program. Unlikely allies are joining forces to defend Florida Forever.

Bill Nelson youtube / Bill Nelson's youtube channel

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to extend a housing assistance program.

RFA Mounts Bay, the British Royal Navy auxiliary vessel from which the helicopter responded.
US Coast Guard website

A  British Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a woman and two children from a capsized boat disabled during Hurricane Maria.  But a man on the vessel has died.

NPR

With losses total in some areas of the state, Florida’s iconic citrus industry will need Congressional help to recover from Hurricane Irma, according to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

MGN Online

On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

Liammolina via wikimedia commons

Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala wants Florida’s utility companies to stop contributing to campaigns this election cycle and invest in improving equipment instead.

Historic Capitol
Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

A Florida lawmaker is once again trying to reform the state’s community redevelopment agencies. The taxpayer-funded programs would have to meet stricter reporting and ethics requirements.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is appointing a select committee to study Hurricane Irma response and disaster preparedness. 

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Florida's official salt water reptile.
T. Moore and NOAA via wikimedia commons / NOAA

A state legislator wants to reaffirm Florida’s commitment—to a horse and a turtle.

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