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Floridians in need can now use a mobile app to locate food banks and support services across the state. 

Nick Evans

Local officials and cannabis advocates are chafing under Florida’s latest medical marijuana legislation.  But they’re reacting to the new regime in different ways.

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A justice watchdog group is calling on the Constitution revision commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench.

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Despite a very active wildfire season, Florida Forest Service Firefighters will now be helping other states battle their own blazes.

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A new Florida task force met for the first time this week to start looking into transportation issues people with developmental and intellectual disabilities face on a daily basis. The Task Force on Transportation Disadvantaged Services was created as part of a new law that just took effect.

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

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Nick Evans

Personal injury lawyer John Morgan is taking the state to court over its newly adopted marijuana law.  The outspoken medical cannabis advocate believes patients should be allowed to smoke the drug.

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The federal government is reviewing the status of the endangered Florida Panther, prompting some activists to worry the iconic species will lose protection.

Nick Evans

State officials are taking applications for a newly vacated seat on the Public Service Commission.

The Red Devils training at Tyndall Air Force Base.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is signing off on nearly half a million dollars in grants aimed at insulating military bases from future closures.  The bulk of the money is headed for the panhandle.

Federal funding that provides insurance for nearly 340,000 Florida kids will expire in September unless Congress acts. It’s called the  Children’s Health Insurance Program and it supports kids who don’t qualify for Medicaid.

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A Florida gubernatorial candidate made a stop at an oyster farming cooperative in Wakulla County Wednesday. The visit shows a different way of harvesting the Panhandle’s signature shellfish is gaining political ground. 

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The Florida lawmaker who authored this year’s changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law says the legislature does have the right to update the law. It’s in response to a judge’s ruling Monday declaring the revised version unconstitutional.

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Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.

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The Department of Health’s new rules for medical marijuana are taking effect.  The provisions carry out a last minute legislative measure approved in a June special session.

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A new law takes effect Saturday that would allow a state law enforcement agency to better conduct investigations into the treatment of Florida prison inmates.

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Advocates are happy about a new law on the books slated to take effect Saturday to help protect kids within Florida’s child welfare system.

Erich Martin

This Saturday more than 100 new laws go into effect in Florida. Here's a look at five.

Broward County schools will soon launch a challenge to a new state education law that steers more local dollars to charter schools and  the head of the state teachers union believe more lawsuits will soon follow.

Former Panama City lawmaker Jimmy Patronis is remaining tight lipped as he assumes the title of Chief Financial Officer.

Jim Ash

A 62-year-old Jefferson County widow is living in a group home after her husband’s death led to a nervous breakdown and an involuntary commitment. Meanwhile, her former legal guardian is behind bars until she accounts for $400,000 in missing cash, real estate and personal property. Advocates say it’s an example of a faulty system, and a warning flag for a rapidly aging Sunshine State. 

Religious Expression Law Goes Into Effect July 1st

Jun 29, 2017

A multitude of bills goes into effect Saturday, including one that is protecting the religious expression of public school students. 

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As sort of a pilot, state wildlife officials are holding three different bay scallop seasons in the Florida Panhandle. While one starts Saturday, another is already underway.

Visit Florida's Vice President Steps Down

Jun 27, 2017
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Vice President of Florida’s tourism agency, Alfredo Gonzalez is stepping down. Spokesman Stephen Lawson says Visit Florida’s current President, Ken Lawson will lead the organization forward.

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A No Casinos organizer is expressing his disappointment after Governor Rick Scott rejected warning labels for Florida Lottery tickets.

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