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The state’s blood donation centers are sending resources to Texas hospitals affected by Harvey, now a tropical depression. OneBlood is asking Florida residents to give now.

A Florida Black Bear.
Fish and Wildlife Commission via wikimedia commons

State wildlife officials say human-bear interactions are on the rise, and they’re trying to educate Floridians on ways to defuse those situations. 

Tom Flanigan

A Congressional hearing on the theft of American intellectual property by the Chinese took place yesterday (Wednesday), not in Washington, D.C., but in Tallahassee, Florida. Two House members from Northwest Florida took testimony from two experts and one victim.

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) is one of a handful of state lawmakers pushing to change confederate commemorations like street names in Hollywood, FL.
Meredith Geddings via Florida House Website

The Hollywood city commission has approved a plan to rename three streets named after confederate generals.  It’s part of a broader effort reassessing the state’s relationship with its history.

Florida Channel

The 2018 Governor’s race could lead to Florida’s Senate Budget Chairman and House Speaker squaring off against each other in the primary. But, for now, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he does not think the campaign trail will affect the legislature’s handling of the upcoming year’s budget.

Tammy Lampson

Thousands reacted this week to a photo of residents sitting waist-deep in floodwaters at an assisted living facility in Dickinson, Texas. The town did not issue a mandatory evacuation order ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey. The photo, and Texas officials' decisions to not evacuate, could have ramifications for emergency plans for Florida’s elderly residents.

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants residents who desire to help Hurricane Harvey victims to be mindful of disaster relief charity scams.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facebook

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Florida’s 2017 Child Protection Summit in Orlando. It’s hosted by the Florida Department of Children and Families. JoShonda Guerrier, DCF’s Assistant Secretary for Child Welfare, helped kick off Tuesday’s event.

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast)
Mark Foley via FL House website

The Flagler County Mosquito Control District is under scrutiny after a million dollar shortfall came to light.

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Florida is helping several states deal with their natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
The Florida Channel

A Florida Senator is urging Governor Rick Scott to allocate $20-million in reserve funds to opioid treatment and prevention.

Nick Evans

Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) wants to roll back Florida’s confederate holiday observances.

For Our Future

Progressive political and environmental groups rallied in front of the Old Florida Capitol on Saturday (8/26). It was part of a statewide effort to send a message to the state's governor and Republican U-S Senator.

lewisfuneralhomes.net via the Evers family

The memorial service as well as the funeral for former Senator Greg Evers is planned for next week. The North Florida Republican was recently killed in a single car wreck when his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail near his Baker home. Now, some of his colleagues and friends are taking the time to remember Evers and the legislative legacy he left behind.

Greg Evers For Congress screenshot

The memorial service for former Florida Senator Greg Evers will take place Monday and the funeral service will occur Tuesday.

jvoves/ flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jvoves/

If one Florida lawmaker gets his way, legislators will once again be debating sanctuary cities. Republican Representative Larry Metz of Groveland is filing legislation he hopes will ensure local law enforcement are cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Turkle Tom via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/turkletom/

Two Northeast Florida lawmakers are asking auditors to look into the Flagler County Mosquito Control district.

Rep. Daisy Baez (D-Coral Gables)
Florida House of Representatives

A South Florida Democrat is urging Congress to require stiffer background checks for hosts participating in international exchange programs.

Joe Brusky via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/40969298@N05/13301353274/

Whether they know it or not, Florida taxpayers are funding certain statewide political campaigns. Supporters say the practice promotes diversity at the ballot box. But now the speaker of the house is taking aim at the system. Here's a look at who is actually benefiting from public financing.

Rep. Alex Miller (R-Sarasota)
Florida House of Representatives

Freshman Republican Alex Miller is resigning her Sarasota area House seat on September first.

Anthony M. Inswasty via wikimedia commons

Hurricane Harvey won’t send heavy rains and winds to Florida, but it will likely push gas prices higher. 

Thomas Hawk via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

Florida’s Speaker of the House wants to the state to stop funding political campaigns with taxpayer money. But an election law expert says public financing is vital to diversifying the ballot.

Jennifer Bearden / Santa Rosa County Extension

Some Florida lawmakers are remembering former state Senator Greg Evers as “one-of-a-kind.” The North Florida Republican passed away earlier this week.

ClipArt101

Two Florida lawmakers are hoping to get more pro-bono attorneys to help kids with special needs for the 2018 legislative session.

Jing via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/novemberjing/

An Okaloosa County man is suing a North Florida hospital over what he calls unreasonable hospital bills. The case comes after North Okaloosa Medical Center charged George Washington MacNeil $41,000 for post-car crash CT scans.

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