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Rain's Coming, But Schools Are Open Monday

Though a flood watch is underway for the Tampa Bay area, public school districts from Pinellas to Hillsborough to Polk have announced they will be open as normal on Monday. Friday’s concerns that Tropical Storm Erika would strike the Tampa Bay area dissipated over the weekend, and families in the three districts were notified that students, teachers and other employees should report to class and work as normal.
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State Panel Prepares To Move Forward With Medical Pot

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State health officials have named the three members of a panel that will choose five nurseries to be Florida's first legal pot growers, setting in motion the final stages of the drawn-out process to get Florida's new medical-marijuana industry off the ground.

Court Sides With Hospital In Death Of Escaped Patient

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A sharply divided appeals court Friday ruled that the death of a woman who was hit by a truck after escaping from a psychiatric hospital should be handled as a medical-malpractice case --- effectively leading to the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by her estate.

State Leaders Urged To Make Early Childhood A Priority

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The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet voted Thursday to send a letter to state leaders, urging them to prioritize early-childhood education, intervention and other services for "the first 1,000 days" from pregnancy to age 3.

Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns.

When it came to the bottom line, there's no question that Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell was a success.

Under her four-and-a-half year tenure, O'Connell pushed up lottery sales to nearly $6 billion through an aggressive push of scratch-off tickets and an effort to expand sales to retailers who had previously resisted selling lottery tickets.

Authorities say a Florida mom home with her two children has been shot multiple times after answering her front door.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials say 37-year-old Angela Morales heard several knocks at the door shortly after midnight Saturday while home with her husband and 9-year-old twins. That's when authorities say a man opened fire, hitting Morales multiple times.

She was hospitalized in critical condition.

George Jenkins High School

There's growing concern about the risks of concussions in young athletes. For years, high school coaches have had to take courses on the dangers of head injuries. This year, for the first time, all high school athletes in Florida are required to educate themselves about concussions before they can compete.

Caridad Jimenez

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USF student Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez returned to Tampa Friday afternoon, where she was reportedly able to walk from a medical transport plane to an ambulance.

The 22-year-old senior was taken from the International Jet Center to Tampa General Hospital, where she will continue recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in Cuba in early August.

Jimenez and her family didn't say anything reporters Friday, but they said she would speak in the coming days.

House, Senate Remain At Odds

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As they waited for a potential Florida Supreme Court decision about how the state's congressional redistricting process should proceed, legislative leaders traded messages Friday that appeared to put them no closer to resolving a standoff over the shape of Florida's 27 U.S. House districts.

In a memo to state House members, Redistricting Chairman Jose Oliva came close to ruling out further consideration of a plan that Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, floated on Thursday.

Environmental Groups Sue Over Amendment 1

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Service

Arguing that lawmakers "defied" a constitutional mandate, four environmental groups filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to force the state to shift $237 million to help carry out a conservation measure approved by voters in November.

The Florida Wildlife Federation, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, the Sierra Club and Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller filed the lawsuit in Leon County circuit court against Senate President Andy Gardiner, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

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