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Florida is nominating 20 more exceptional service members to the state Veterans’ Hall of Fame. A Madison County man is at the top of a list of nominees. 

Some greyhound owners and racers are asking state regulators to reconsider a highly unusual decision to decouple slot machines from dog racing.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is speaking directly to the Venezuelan people on the heels of sanctions against the country’s president Nicolas Maduro.

South Florida Water Management District

Veteran regulator Ernie Marks takes the reins of the South Florida Water Management District at a pivotal time, says Audubon of Florida’s Eric Draper.

Tropical Depression Six which developed into Tropical Storm Emily
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Floridians are coping with rain and flooding after Tropical Storm Emily developed seemingly from nothing Sunday night. 

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The application period to fill a vacant seat on the Public Service Commission has closed. 

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North Florida’s Franklin County has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. Between 2013 and 2015, there were 28 births per thousand girls between 15 to 17 years old. Jocelyn Beever reports the figures remain high even as overall teen births have dropped in recent years.

Knox Medical's new dispensary.
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Tallahassee is getting a new medical marijuana dispensary.

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Florida gun control advocates say a new report on gun theft by the Center for American Progress underscores the need for stricter laws.  The left-leaning group estimates 80,000 guns were stolen from individual owners in Florida between 2012 and 2013.

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One part of Florida’s complex public school funding program is drawing fire from two Republican state senators.  They’re calling for a study of what’s known as the district cost differential.

The number of gas pump credit card skimmers appears to be soaring, but an industry spokesman insists better awareness is partly to blame.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are updating their guidance for pregnant women regarding the Zika virus. The new information means asymptomatic pregnant women don't have to get the commonly used IgM test. The announcement comes as public health officials are increasingly worried about the risk of false positives. 

FSU College of Law

Former Florida State University football player Tommy Warren and wife Kathleen Villacorta , both FSU law school grads, are joining  a class-action lawsuit over the state’s failure to match more than $600 million in private donations.

Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL2)
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The U.S. House is taking steps to make it easier for veteran owned businesses to get contracts with the Veterans Administration.  Panama City Republican Neal Dunn sponsored the legislation.

Gulf County Scallop Season Pushed Back By FWC

Jul 25, 2017
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has put a hold on Gulf County’s scallop season, as a dangerous toxin has taken ahold of shellfish in the area. 

Gas Prices On The Rise In Florida

Jul 24, 2017

AAA reports Florida has the 16th cheapest gas in the U.S.—that’s including a seven cent increase across the state.

Phil Ehr speaking at a campaign event.
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Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has a challenger for the 2018 election.  A retired naval officer has filed for the Democratic nomination.

Taxpayers are on the hook for slightly more than $1 million in legal fees after the state lost its battle to defend the controversial “Docs versus Glocks” law.

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Despite past failed legislative attempts, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers is vowing to continue their work on criminal justice reform—particularly within Florida’s prison system.

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The Department of Justice is promising a return to the law and order enforcement policies of the war on drugs.  Some Republican lawmakers are worried those policies might undermine state laws.

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Education advocates went to court this week to argue that Florida isn’t complying with a 20-year-old constitutional mandate to provide a “uniform” and “high quality” education. But the legal tug of war is raising questions about the power of petition drives to effect meaningful change.  

North Florida Democratic Congressman Al Lawson says he’s fighting for a bi-partisan agreement to rescue the Affordable Care Act, even as a Republican effort to repeal and replace continues to falter in the Senate.

Piccolomini holding Butters making her way out to the release site.
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The eastern indigo snake is back in North Florida, at least that’s what a group of scientists is hoping.  Reintroducing the species caps off three decades off environmental restoration efforts.

Pete Antonacci To Be New CEO Of Enterprise Florida

Jul 20, 2017
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The business-centered agency, Enterprise Florida has found itself a new leader. Former Executive Director of South Florida’s Water Management District and General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott, Pete Antonacci is taking over the reins. 

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Governor Scott has responded to the League of Women Voters’ petition to bar him from appointing three new Supreme Court justices in 2019.   

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