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Advocates are developing a Florida Forever rescue strategy for next year, even before Governor Rick Scott weighs in on the Legislature’s $82.4 billion spending plan.

Floirda Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court is siding with local government in a high-stakes test of the sweeping property rights law known as the Bert Harris Act.

Black Skimmer with chicks
Jim Gray / Audubon of Florida

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

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More Floridians could lose their health insurance under legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. That includes the poor, the disabled and military veterans.

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Attorneys for a young abuse survivor say they’re grateful to the Governor and the Florida Legislature for agreeing to further compensate their client. And, the claims bill signed into law also includes money for two more abuse survivors.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
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The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is regrouping after a data breach under its roof.  The commissioner, who is also running for higher office, is working to allay concerns.

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Hopes of restarting passenger rail service in North Florida could be doomed under the Trump Administration’s proposed budget. The plan would eliminate federal funding for Amtrak in the state. That’s a blow to local officials wanting to bring the service back to the Panhandle.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a claims bill into law to help further compensate a young abuse survivor who—along with his sister—suffered for years, while under the supervision of the state’s child welfare agency.

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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law meant to help Florida’s inmates.

The cloud of uncertainty surrounding Florida’s $82.4 billion budget is keeping Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on the job a little longer than he planned.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, considered the GOP frontrunner in next year’s governor’s race, is slamming the Legislature’s $82.4 billion spending plan.

Florida Leaders React After Manchester Attack

May 23, 2017
Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida leaders are examining their own preparedness following the Manchester bombings.

Commissioner Adam Putnam on the campaign trail.
Adam Putnam campaign

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

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The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

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A Florida lawmaker is criticizing the federal government’s temporary extension of special status for Haitian immigrants. After the 2010 earthquake, the federal government allowed thousands of Haitians to take refuge in the U.S. This week President Donald Trump extended those protections again, but by six months, not the eighteen months advocates hoped for.

firefighter
Florida Forest Service

Officials with the Florida Forest Service say recent rains are not enough to tamp down the hundreds of wildfires raging across the state. Parts of the state are still in a drought.

Open government advocates say they’ve dodged a bullet now that Governor Rick Scott has signed a compromise measure designed to squelch predatory public records lawsuits.

James Clarke Ash

Conservation groups, Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members are praising Florida’s newest top environmental regulator, Noah Valenstein, as a consensus builder dedicated to public service.

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A bill aimed at codifying students’ religious expression is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

chart showing inches of rainfall to date
Florida Forest Service

Florida officials are urging residents to take precautions and comply with burn bans as forecasts predict even drier conditions going into the spring and summer.

(L-R) Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee), Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami), Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart).
Nick Evans

Gov. Rick Scott has about 10 days to sign legislation appropriating money to counties hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A settlement deal gives the state about $2 billion over several years.

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The South Florida statehouse delegation is playing musical chairs after the resignation of a state senator.

Barrel Room at the St. Augustine Distillery
Nick Evans

This week could mark the beginning of the end for a long-running restriction on liquor sales.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to take action on a measure allowing stores to sell groceries and liquor under the same roof.

Leon County Judge Layne Smith

Leon County Judge Layne Smith thinks too many Big Bend motorists are circling the financial drain because their license was suspended or revoked.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

This week is National Safe Boating Week, and with Florida wildlife officials expecting increased turnout on the water for the Memorial Day weekend, they’re hoping boaters will wear life jackets.

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