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Last week marked the anniversary of D-Day, when American troops stormed the beaches at Normandy during World War II. The organization Honor Flight flies veterans to Washington, D.C. at no cost to them to visit war memorials. With each passing year there are fewer WWII vets to participate.

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Three years after the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub that left 49 dead, dozens gathered on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol to remember the victims. A coalition of LGBTQ rights activists say they will “honor them with action.”

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Wednesday, state-backed property insurance corporation, Citizens discussed a new law that makes changes to assignment of benefits process.

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Breaking precedent, Florida Governor Ron Desantis is hiring a Chief Resiliency Officer to combat the effects of Climate Change. 

In the wake of last summer’s worst blue-green algae outbreak in Florida’s history, water management continues to be at the forefront of conversation in Florida. Now the state’s newly founded Blue-Green Algae Task Force has convened it’s first meeting. 

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Canadian and international drug importation programs in Florida are a step closer to becoming a reality. Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill to do so into law Tuesday.

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As a response to the Parkland shooting which left 17 dead, Ban Assault Weapons Now is pushing to get assault weapons banned in the state. Monday, they announced that they’ve reached the threshold to trigger a Supreme Court Review. I spoke with the chairperson of the committee about what exactly the ban does.

New Law Gives Female Inmates Free Hygiene Products

Jun 11, 2019
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Female inmates will now get basic hygiene products such as pads and tampons for free after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.

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Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s lawyer wants access to materials that led to the arrest of former deputy Scot Peterson. He’s facing charges for failing to act during the Parkland school shooting last year. Israel is set to go before the Senate Special Master for an appeal hearing next week.

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A petition aimed at banning assault weapons has earned a constitutional review by the Florida Supreme Court. Ban Assault Weapons Now, an organizations led by survivors of mass shootings and their families, announced Monday they had 103,000 signatures.

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For nearly a decade, homeowners’ insurance companies have been asking the legislature to help them address fraud within the Assignment of Benefits process. They argued extreme costs of litigation was causing rates to rise for policy holders, and some companies refused to write any new policies at all. Now they have a fix thanks to a new policy change. And rates are expected to dip.

This is an image of Bill Shepherd, a lawyer in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach offices. He is the former statewide prosecutor of Florida.
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The Florida Supreme Court issued a surprise ruling in late May regarding expert witness testimony. 

Six years ago, the Florida Legislature adopted the Daubert standard for expert witnesses in court cases. But the state’s high court exercised its right to keep the Frye standard in place, which sets a lower threshold for what can be considered expert testimony.

The makeup of the Florida Supreme Court changed last January when three retiring justices were replaced with appointments made by Governor Ron DeSantis. The newly revamped court quickly decided to implement the tougher standards.

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Victims’ rights group, Marsy’s Law for Florida, is launching a social media campaign that it says will help explain 2018’s Amendment 6.

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Friends and family of the late Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte gathered at Ruby Diamond concert hall Wednesday for his memorial service. D’Alemberte is remembered for his professional life as a giant of the legal community, but also as an eternal optimist and dreamer.

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An estimated 72 million pounds of timber fell during Hurricane Michael. Much of that wood has landed on fire breaks, exacerbating wildfire conditions.  

Florida TaxWatch CEO Dominc Calabro speaks at a press conference.
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Florida TaxWatch has released its annual budget transparency and accountability report. 

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Eight months after Hurricane Michael slammed Florida’s panhandle, hurricane season has begun and it’s raising concerns for many people who are still struggling to recover. 

Sophie McCoy

Has seaweed been snubbed by science, when it comes to its role in trapping carbon dioxide under the surface of the seafloor? Researchers at Florida State University say seaweed plays a much larger part than most previously thought.

This story was updated at 7:45 p.m. 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson for his inaction during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland last year, which left 17 dead and 17 others injured.

Rep. Mike Hill smiles during the 2016 legislative session
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The Florida Cabinet has joined a growing list of officials weighing in on a Florida lawmaker's controversial anti-gay exchange with a constituent. 

Jimmy Patronis speaks to a crowd
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Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is cheering the passage of the congressional disaster aid package. 

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Florida $60 million to help lift the Tamiami Trail.

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Hurricane season is officially here. Now, Attorney General Ashley Moody is working to make sure price gougers don’t take advantage of people trying to escape a storm.

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Florida’s Director of Cannabis thinks 2020 could be the state’s first “great grow year” for hemp. A bill launching a state hemp program is waiting for ink from the governor’s pen. Experts in the state and elsewhere have been weighing in this week on an industry that will be a new frontier in the Sunshine State.

Gun lobbyist Marion Hammer returns to her seat after speaking in the Senate Rules Committee meeting on gun safety in the Knott Building at the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018.
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Two Florida Democratic legislators have filed a complaint against a pro-gun Lobbyist who hasn’t disclosed her compensation in more than a decade.

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