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A proposal moving through the Florida Constitution Revision Commission—a body that meets one every two decades to bring proposed constitutional changes directly to voters—would give more duties to the state’s Lieutenant Governor.

Proposals To Restore Felons' Voting Rights Move Forward

Jan 23, 2018

Two proposals that would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences were approved last week by a Florida Constitution Revision Commission panel.

Court: Corrine Brown Must Appeal Convictions From Prison

Jan 23, 2018

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that former congresswoman Corrine Brown must appeal her convictions from prison.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are expected to announce a decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 24-year-old man suspected of randomly killing four people and terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood for several months.

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Efforts to detect voter fraud led to the exposure of private voter data from nearly 1,000 Kansas residents this year by officials in Florida, who released information including partial Social Security numbers to a woman who had filed an open records request.

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Former Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown is asking a federal judge to extend by 30 days the date she must report to prison for her fraud conviction.

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University of South Florida St. Petersburg alum, journalist Eric Eyre, will be returning to St. Pete later this week to give a lecture.

During the free public event, titled “Sustained Outrage,” Eyre will be discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

Florida Forest Service

The Florida Forest Service is warning that wildfires could be more severe as a result of Hurricane Irma.

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Authorities say a man died while diving in a popular underwater network of caves in Hernando County.

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Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in Polk County.

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Professional ice hockey has been around for a century, but it’s only 25 years old in Tampa Bay. Yet a hockey culture is being built one generation at a time at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum, the official practice facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Demonstrations in support of female empowerment took place in cities across the country this weekend, including marches in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, which attracted thousands at each.

The state Legislature should consider restricting how much insurance companies can spend on attorney fees when fighting workers’ compensation claims, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

Florida lawmakers are working on a measure they hope will help the children of incarcerated parents move forward faster. Fort Lauderdale Democratic Representative Patricia Williams has a bill she says would help to map out a plan for parents and their children.

The Competitive Workforce Act would prohibit discrimination for LGBT individuals working for businesses in Florida.

A Florida lawmaker is trying to revive a gun bill that has already failed to pass twice during the 2018 legislative session.

Florida’s governor is lending some support to a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

DREAMERS and activists with the Florida Immigrant Coalition gathered outside Senator Bill Nelson’s office in Coral Gables on Thursday demanding him to vote no on a spending bill that doesn't  include a clean DREAM act.

“A clean DREAM act would basically give a pathway to citizenship to undocumented youth. And it would not include more enforcement or a wall [or] more criminalization for our communities,” said Paola Muñoz, a community organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time.

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An otherwise uncontroversial meeting of the St. Petersburg City Council was flooded with angry residents of St. Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood on Thursday.

People from the predominantly African American neighborhood were upset about the police road blocks that were set up throughout South St. Petersburg on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Miami A Finalist For Amazon HQ; Tampa, St. Pete Miss Cut

Jan 18, 2018
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Amazon named Miami one of 20 finalists on Thursday to house the tech giant’s second headquarters, HQ2, according to an announcement made by City of Miami Major Francis Suárez. Tampa and St. Petersburg did not make the cut.

Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State.

Nine men are facing hazing charges in connection with the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge, police said Tuesday.

New Port Richey Fire Rescue

A survivor of Sunday's casino shuttle boat fire in the Gulf of Mexico described a chaotic scene as passengers had to jump into the chilly water.

Tallahassee Remembers Bundy Attack 40 Years Later

Jan 17, 2018

Monday marks a grim anniversary: It’s been 40 years since one of the most infamous crimes in Tallahassee, and the start of a series of trials that gripped the nation. 

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Republicans Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) are pushing back against local ordinances that regulate vacation rentals. The battle for home rule is heating up at the capitol.

A Florida Senate Committee passed a measure urging Congress to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA.

Last week the renowned Key West Literary Seminar held its 36th annual gathering – and the theme of this year’s four-day event was “Writers of the Caribbean.” Thanks to President Trump, it turned out the organizers could not have picked a timelier subject.

State agencies spent $680.2 million after Hurricane Irma, with county government costs exceeding $1 billion, according to a draft of a report by the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness.

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Hundreds of volunteers in St. Petersburg used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a day on, rather than a day off.

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