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Ronald Rubin was ousted from his role as Commissioner of the state Office of Financial Regulation by the Florida Cabinet Thursday. It was the result of sexual harassment allegations, but Rubin is claiming there were political motivations at play.

Sen. Rick Scott Discusses Florida School Districts' Failure to Enact Safety Measures
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The way some school districts are choosing to comply with bolstered safety measures has U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) upset. Scott explained the problem to the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on enhancing school safety.

A field of hemp plants
P. Solomon Banda / AP Photo

State officials have heralded hemp as a new wonder crop.  But the plant’s recent legalization is complicating efforts to prosecute marijuana-related charges, and has left police and prosecutors alike scrambling for a solution.

Man looks horrified as he receives a robocall on his cell phone.
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You’re probably not in trouble with the IRS, don’t need a medical brace, and aren’t under arrest. But you’ve undoubtedly gotten robocalls to the contrary. In fact, Americans got more than 26 billion of those calls last year.

“Consumers have been saying loudly and clearly and for many years that they are fed up with unwanted robocalls,” says Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai in a video on the commission’s website.

In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018, photograph, a Nissan Leaf charges at a recharge station while parked by the Denver City/County Building in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski / AP Photo

Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans to expand the state’s infrastructure as it relates to electric vehicles. He announced the plan Wednesday at the Florida Turnpike Headquarters in Orlando.

Tom Hagerty / WFSU-FM

Progressive PAC Priorities USA is investing $100 million in key states for the 2020 elections and Florida is on its list. 

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of White Hall at Bethune-Cookman University.
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Florida will soon have a new figure in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall. Education advocate and Civil Rights Pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune will have a place among American founders, explorers, inventors and presidents. Bethune’s statue replaces that of Edmund Kirby Smith—a decision approved by the Florida legislature in 2018 and recently agreed to by Gov. Ron DeSantis. But as the changeover looms in D.C., the university that bears her name is fighting for its life.

Reasearchers searching for possible human remains at Dozier School for Boys
University of South Florida / University of South Florida

Researchers say they’re committed to continuing exploration of the grounds surrounding the now-shuttered Dozier School for Boys even after finding mostly tree roots in a recent investigation into 27 “anomalies” experts thought could be unmarked graves.

Tallahassee Economic Index

After a strong start to the year, local economic growth has hit a snag in key sectors, according to the Tallahassee Economic Index.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
Lydell Rawls / WFSU News

A statewide Grand Jury investigating school safety says “numerous” districts aren’t complying with school security laws. The report comes weeks before the start of a new school year.

Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put men on the moon, one engineer who worked on the project is reflecting on what it meant for the country and spaceflight. WFSU's Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Duane Mitchell, who turned 90 just a week ago. Mitchell was at his Tallahassee home with his daughter, Carol.

Congressman Charlie Crist points from a podium
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The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would gradually boost the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by the year 2025.

A green iguana lies in the grass
Brynn Anderson / AP

Florida has an iguana problem. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has declared an open season on the lizards, which it says are an invasive, non-native species. But the animals are still for sale in stores throughout the state. So, why not stop selling them? 

A judge signs papers with a gavel on the desk.
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Federal Judge Mark Walker has recused himself from a key elections lawsuit after a defendant on the case hired a law firm that employs Walker's wife.

A student walks down a school hallway lined with lockers.
Olesya Shelomova / Adobe Stock

Florida school districts will now be required to give at least five hours of mental health instruction per year to middle and high school students.

J Pat Carter / AP Photo

A class action lawsuit against the Florida Department of Education claims teachers weren’t fully paid bonuses they were promised. The state’s embattled Best & Brightest bonus program is once again under fire.

A woman protests with a sign that reads "NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL."
Alan Diaz / AP

The city of South Miami and immigrant advocacy groups are suing the state of Florida over a new law that bans sanctuary cities and requires local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Marijuana plants in a grow house.
Eric Risberg / AP

The Florida House of Representatives wants a say in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state medical marijuana regulations. The chamber's lawyers asked a Tallahassee appeals court Tuesday for a chance to intervene.

A blue tarp is strapped onto the roof of Callaway's one-room schoolhouse. The school is slanted over the green landscape it rests on.
Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

The city of Callaway must dismantle and piece back its one-room schoolhouse to save its historical value after being damaged by the storm.

Cannabis Factory
Claude Jin / Adobe Stock

Florida courts have spoken. They say the state’s medical marijuana distribution system is unconstitutional, and that could soon force the legislature and the industry to make changes.

Jars Of Cannabis Flowers
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One Florida lawmaker says the legislature could get a do-over on implementing the state’s 2016 medical marijuana amendment after the First Discrict Court of Appeal handed down an opinion Tuesday calling the current setup unconstitutional.

The Leon County Commission has approved a new septic tank policy. The plan will provide grants to property owners who upgrade their septic tanks as part of an effort to address water quality issues in the Wakulla Springs Basin. 

Judge T Kent Wetherell
1st District Court of Appeals

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kent Wetherell to serve as judge in the Northern District of Florida. The moved restores the district to a full bench.

The Florida Department of State launched a new website Monday where people must register before they can start collecting signatures to get proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Bob Rackleff and others prior to going door to door registering people to vote.
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Thousands of felons throughout the state are now eligible to vote, thanks to Amendment 4 and Governor Ron DeSantis signing the implementing bill into law. However, to do so they will have to register first, and organizations and advocates have been fanning out across Florida to sign up these newly eligible voters. Joining those efforts is former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff.

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