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Debby Dawson, who lives in southwest Florida, has a simple message to Gov. Rick Scott: The state's existing scholarship program for disabled children is "life changing" and has helped her 7-year-old autistic son "develop by leaps and bounds."

A man told Tampa police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies.

Uncertainty over the future of health care is growing deeper for millions of Americans who buy their own policies.

Local officials are raising concerns about drug use at hurricane shelters, saying they aren't equipped to care for addicts, unaccompanied minors and others with other medical needs.

President Donald Trump's budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill.

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As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed its second-to-last show Sunday afternoon, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past.

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Muppets fans are going to have more places to ask the question, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?"

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has obtained a court order requiring an alleged stalker to stay away from her.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing a high-ranking aide and top spokeswoman as his next chief of staff.

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A growing number of groups are calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a sweeping education bill that was put together in the waning hours of this year's legislative session.

Florida's lieutenant governor joined hunters paid by the state to stalk and shoot invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

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Police say a man who was pressure washing a dock near the Tampa Convention Center fell into the water and later died at a hospital.

A Florida medical marijuana dispensary says it is not violating state law by selling cannabis that could potentially be broken down and made into pot that can be smoked.

A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies.

Officials from Pasco County and the University of South Florida attended a dedication ceremony Friday for the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a three and a half acre patch of land on the grounds of the Pasco Sheriff's detention facility in Land O' Lakes, just north of Tampa.

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A former Air Force sergeant on death row for the murders of an ex-girlfriend and their son will be set free after the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that there was no physical evidence to convict him and that prosecutors failed to look at others who may have had a motive to kill them.

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Visits to Florida's theme-park mecca continued to grow last year, despite tragic headlines from the region, enabling Orlando to keep its bragging rights as the most visited destination in the United States, tourism officials said Thursday.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has joined the growing number of those calling for a special legislative session to finalize rules for implementing the state's medical marijuana amendment.

When Adam Putnam walks into the Curly Tails Barbecue in Bartow, he knows half the people inside and orders his favorite dish, a Barn Salad — which amounts to a mound of shredded meat on top of some vegetables. This is his hometown, and where he feels most comfortable.

A leader behind last year's passage of a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana in Florida has joined growing calls for Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders to hold a special session to finalize rules for its implementation.

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Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Florida may finally restore one of its main programs that aids students headed to college.

The state Legislature late Monday approved an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts.

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