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Nick Evans

Government watchdog group Integrity Florida says the fox is guarding the henhouse when it comes to Florida’s utilities and their regulators.  The group wants to insulate the Public Service Commission from the political fray in the state Legislature.

Florida Channel

Attorney General Pam Bondi kicked off this year’s Human Trafficking Summit Monday in Orlando.

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A state lawmaker wants more young motorcyclists to wear helmets. A state senator is working on removing the exemption for riders under 21.

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Advocates for a deaf inmate currently serving a life sentence for murder say they believe he’s innocent and are optimistic he’ll be released in the next several years. But, the victim’s family is hoping for a much different outcome.

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Governor Rick Scott is proposing a 10 percent pay raise for Florida’s juvenile detention and juvenile probation officers.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
Nick Evans

Wakulla County Commissioner Chuck Hess wants the state to purchase Camp Indian Springs.  One state lawmaker is proposing a novel funding source.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio wants the military to take charge of Puerto Rico’s hurricane response. He says the storm’s effects are hamstringing the island’s supply chain.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is promising to make the opioid crisis a top priority in the coming legislative session.

Beshears (left) and Montford at the Wakulla County Commission Chambers.
Nick Evans

People in Wakulla County want to see education and environmental legislation when lawmakers get back to work next month.

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A new Florida law requiring autism awareness training for law enforcement officers takes effect Sunday.

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Floridians can file petitions to amend the constitution, but not to rewrite state statutes. A legal expert wants politicos to consider changing that.

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Two state lawmakers are seeking to honor a fallen former colleague, who died last month in a single car wreck near his North Florida home.

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Wednesday was the latest parole hearing for a deaf man currently serving a life sentence for a 1981 murder he says he did not commit. The parole board agreed to keep his presumptive parole release date the same.

Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee)
Nick Evans

A sweeping and contentious education measure may be on its way to court, but a Democratic Senator wants to double down on what he sees as good provisions in the bill.

Report: Florida Schools Beginning To Re-Segregate

Sep 27, 2017
Leroy Collins Institute

Florida schools are beginning to re-segregate by race and income, that’s according to a new public policy report. Highly segregated schools are found in metropolitan urban areas of Florida, with the highest concentration in Miami. The study is from the Leroy Collins Center. And co-author Gary Orfield says schools with more minority students are getting fewer resources.

Naples Daily News

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma’s horrific pounding, and with two months left in the Atlantic Hurricane season, Florida’s emergency management chief is heading out the door.

Tampa Bay Times

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is urging business leaders to turn up the political heat for insurance reform.

Rev. James T. Golden speaking at Florida's Capitol building.
Nick Evans

A handful of faith leaders wants the Constitution Revision Commission to place new restrictions on payday lenders.  The ministers want drastic reductions in the costs for borrowers.

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott will ask lawmakers for $50 million next year to fight opioid abuse.  But it’s not clear how much will go to treatment and how much to enforcement.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott does not appear to be backing down from his emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have a generator within the next two months.

Fallout from Hurricane Irma is reaching the foundation of Florida’s government as the powerful Constitution Revision Commission considers extending key deadlines.

WFSU

Democratic lawmakers are calling once again for a Florida slavery memorial after a previous attempt died at the hands of a powerful Republican committee chairman.

Gas Prices Decreasing After Hurricanes Harvey And Irma

Sep 25, 2017
MGN Online

Gas prices are on a steady decline after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

A Florida lawmaker says this weekend’s deadly church shooting in Nashville should bolster support for his proposal to loosen gun restrictions in religious institutions.

Big Bend environmentalists are sounding the alarm about a Mississippi company’s plans to drill for oil on 10 thousand acres in Calhoun County, about an hour west of Tallahassee.

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