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This week the city of Tallahassee and the Community Redevelopment Agency handed over 90,000 pages of emails, financial records, and other documents to the FBI in response to two subpoenas dated in June of 2017. Former North Florida U.S. Attorney Pam Marsh joined WFSU’s Perspectives program Thursday to shed some light on how the federal prosecution process works. 

Changes to Florida’s child-welfare system, sponsored by Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (R-St. Augustine), are finally law after two years of debate in Tallahassee.

Stevenson said her 100-page measure gives investigators more power to keep kids safe.


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Customers at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Florida found themselves navigating past animal rights protesters wearing masks, covered in fake blood and clutching butcher knives.

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A math teacher from a Pinellas County middle school is among five finalists vying to be Florida's next Teacher of the Year.

Vanessa Ko teaches at Palm Harbor Middle School.

The winner will be announced Thursday during an annual award gala at Universal Studios Orlando.

The other finalists are Katelyn Fiori from Vero Beach Elementary School; mathematics teacher Tammy Jerkins from Leesburg High School; exceptional education teacher Diego Fuentes from Hillcrest School in Marion County; and Michael Miller from Kissimmee Elementary School.

The infrastructure that prevents Lake Okeechobee from spilling over is old. And that's why Congress allocated $49.6 million to help repair it this fiscal year. 

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who's the founder and Co-Chairman of the Everglades Caucus, toured the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee Monday. He got an update on the dike's rehabilitation projects from the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville district. 

Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program has received a $40,000 grant to help older youth aging out of foster care better transition into adulthood.

Car Rental Companies In State Must Disclose Toll-Road Fees

Jul 12, 2017
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One of the nation's best-known car-rental corporations is promising to disclose fees it charges customers for toll-road services.

The Florida Attorney General's Office said Tuesday it had reached a settlement agreement with Avis Budget Car Rental System over fees it was charging for toll-road services.

Travel with Florida's Master of the Weird!

Jul 12, 2017

WEIRD FLORIDA: ROADS LESS TRAVELED

Florida is a state known for its sun, surf, and sand, where South Beach is famous and theme parks are abundant.  But wait a minute! Florida also has a darker, offbeat and downright weird side, where ancient mysteries and legends reside. Florida can be a state of confusion with searches for bizarre beasts and answers to unexplained phenomena. 

Nearly one in five Florida residents have unclaimed property or money sitting in accounts, said the state’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis in a release Tuesday.

He said the Florida Division of Unclaimed property returned $313 million worth of money and property over the last 12 months, which is the highest amount ever returned in a single year.

Attorneys for a man arrested in 2012 in St. Lucie County asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to take up a challenge to the constitutionality of a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public.

Lawyers in Florida have a new leader - Michael Higer, a South Floridian has taken over as the Florida Bar's 69th president.

Higer is in his first month of a one-year term leading the 104,000 lawyers in the Florida Bar.

The Bar regulates the lawyers licensed to practice in Florida and provides training and services for its members. 

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Historians, photographers and Florida archivists, rejoice: the city of Tampa is releasing some 30,000 photos of daily life to the public for the first time.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion that sent a plume of potentially dangerous smoke into the air at a Panhandle Air Force Base.


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Four months after his staff packed up and left its Tampa office, at the direction of a landlord frustrated by weekly demonstrations, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still is looking for a home base in one of his state's largest metropolitan areas.

Court Fight Looms For Controversial Education Law

Jul 6, 2017

The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to move ahead with legal action against a sweeping new education law, an initial step toward a court clash over one of the legislative session's most controversial bills.

An Orlando police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder from the Pulse nightclub shooting gets his last paycheck today.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe have reached an agreement about the tribe's “exclusive” rights to offer banked card games such as blackjack, in a move that took the Legislature by surprise.

Major Natural Gas Pipeline Starts Operating

Jul 6, 2017

A 515-mile pipeline that will help carry natural gas to Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida power plants has gone into commercial service, backers of the project said Wednesday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is signing off on nearly half a million dollars in grants aimed at insulating military bases from future closures.  The bulk of the money is headed for the panhandle.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is warning drivers about credit card skimmers at the pump.

 

Skimmers often cover right over the slot where drivers enter their card to pay for gas, skimming information off the card and sometimes even the PIN.  The state has found and removed 276 skimmers so far this year. Florida Retail Association spokesman James Miller said a growing population and the large number of tourists make the state ripe for skimming.

 

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