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Florida House Members Want More Than $700 Million In Local Spending Projects

As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next year, legislators are pushing local pet projects. But there’s a new vetting process for House lawmakers this year intended to add more transparency.

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A proposal to build a fifth pediatric heart transplant center in Florida is drawing opposition from at least two of the existing programs.

The speaker of the Florida House is trying to end funding for Visit Florida. He's claiming that the state's tourism marketing effort isn't having any noticeable impact on the number of visitors to the state.

But is it? WUSF's Steve Newborn runs the numbers by Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Florida Matters: Surviving Gun Violence

Feb 14, 2017
MARSHA HALPER

You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live?


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A judicial official sided with Georgia in a decades-long dispute over water rights with Florida on Tuesday, recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's high-stakes request to cap water use by its neighboring state.

St. Petersburg Conference on the World

This is the fifth year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is taking place at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Organizers say interest in the three-day event is close to an all-time high, thanks to how rapidly the world is changing.

Marsha Halper

You'll often hear the news of young people tragically dying from gun violence. But what about those who live?

Estimates for traffic deaths in Florida climbed to more than 3,200 in 2016, a jump of nearly ten percent from the previous year. Lee County leads Southwest Florida with the deadliest roads in the region with more than 100 deaths in traffic accidents last year, nearly three times the fatalities seen in Collier and Charlotte counties.

Senator Anitere Flores has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing in Florida, voted against it and written guest editorials. But the Miami Republican is sending her strongest message yet.

House subcommittees charged with crafting portions of the state budget are trying to figure out how to make major cuts.

Updated at 9:59 a.m. ET Feb. 14

President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night amid allegations he inappropriately talked about U.S. sanctions with a Russian official, and later allegedly misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about the conversations. Flynn spoke with the Russian ambassador in December, before Trump was inaugurated.

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