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Environmentalists are hoping a recent state appellate ruling will make it easier to challenge Florida’s controversial new water quality standards.

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Starting Thursday, blue crab harvesters can no longer have their traps in North Florida waters. The goal is for Florida wildlife officials to use that 10-day period to get rid of lost and abandoned blue crab traps, which can have a negative impact on the environment and boaters.

Julia Kaye speaking after the hearing.
Nick Evans

The Florida Legislature and the American Civil Liberties Union are again squaring off in a Tallahassee courtroom over a 2015 law requiring women wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.  With the measure already on hold, the judge granted the state’s request for two additional months to work on its case.

Lawsuit To Challenge Florida 24 Hour Abortion Ban

Jul 18, 2017
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A Tallahassee court will hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a Florida law imposing a waiting period of women who are seeking an abortion.

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While Florida’s fight against human trafficking is far from over, officials say one tool is helping combat the modern-slavery practice.

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Education advocates ran into a buzz saw of tough questions Tuesday in their fight to revive an adequacy lawsuit based on a 1998 constitutional amendment.   Appellants cited test scores, but a three-judge panel with the First District Court of Appeal appeared skeptical.

Citizens for Strong Schools attorney Jodi Siegel argued Florida’s public schools can’t possibly be meeting the “high-quality” and “uniform” standard voters demanded when testing shows thousands of poor and minority students are lagging behind.

Commissioner Adam Putnam, flanked by state officials and Florida guard members, speaking at an armory in Tallahassee.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting a two year old program fast tracking concealed weapons permits for veterans and National Guard members.  And the Republican is mulling whether he’d expand where those licenses are valid if he wins the governor’s race.

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Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program may have thousands of volunteers, but agency officials say they need more male role models, who can advocate on behalf of the state’s abused and neglected children.

The Nature Conservancy's David Printiss showing off one of the sires who fathered some of the snakes released Monday.
Nick Evans

Scientists are re-introducing indigo snakes for the first time in decades to a stretch of forest outside Tallahassee.

Florida Highway Patrol Cracks Down On Dangerous Driving

Jul 17, 2017
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The Florida Highway Patrol is partnering up with southeastern states and local law enforcement to reduce crashes. 

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A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

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As lawmakers return to Washington to debate healthcare, they’ll have new ways of communicating with voters back home, through Facebook. But it’s not yet clear how the social media giant’s new tools could affect the political conversation.

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States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
US Coast Guard

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

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Florida wildlife officials say lionfish harvesters are crucial to getting rid of the invasive species. But, lionfish removal divers are urged to safely remove the fish without causing any natural habitat damage.

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Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program has received a $40,000 grant to help older youth aging out of foster care better transition into adulthood.

Nick Evans

There’s $85 million burning a hole in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s pocket and he’s looking for projects to spend it on.  The new Job Growth Grant Fund was part of a last minute budget compromise.

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Bay County health officials are offering a two week immunization clinic ahead of students returning to school.  

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The American Civil Liberties Union is squaring off against Florida election officials and the Trump administration over voter information.

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Next to home mortgages, student loans are America’s second highest amount of debt. Florida U.S Senator Bill Nelson wants to reduce that figure. Jocelyn Beever reports.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
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Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is launching a statewide bus tour.  The trip could set the stage for a rumored gubernatorial bid.

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Advocates are urging Florida wildlife officials to back federal legislation banning the sale of shark fins.  But some think prohibition could be counterproductive.

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As both sides of the Stand Your Ground issue weigh in, what impact could a Florida judge calling legislative changes to the state’s Stand Your Ground law unconstitutional have statewide?

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached a settlement deal over the tribe’s ability to offer games like black jack in its casinos.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The FBI is investigating Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency, while questions of cronyism swirl around city hall. The state’s CRAs missed the chopping block this legislative session, despite previous reports of mismanagement. WFSU looks into how the agencies’ loose structure is fueling their current predicament.

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