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The newest member of the Supreme Court celebrated his swearing-in with a public ceremony in the White House Rose Garden Monday morning. Neil Gorsuch will cement the conservative 5-4 majority on the high court, delivering on a key campaign promise of President Trump.

"I've always heard that the most important thing that a president of the United States does is appoint people — hopefully great people like this appointment — to the United States Supreme Court," Trump said. "And I got it done in the first 100 days."

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Florida may drop a long-running legal battle and instead agree to pay millions to homeowners across the state whose healthy citrus trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker.

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Looking to curb abusive puppy mills, Hillsborough County commissioners are moving ahead with a proposal to ban the commercial sale of cats and dogs.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is praising the state’s Supreme Court after it formally barred retired judges from weighing in on cases after new justices are appointed.

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Florida legislators are considering whether to keep secret searches for university and college presidents.

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A bill that requires county elections officials to notify Florida voters if their signatures on vote-by-mail ballots don't match their registration forms was unanimously passed by the Florida Senate.

Not Enough Evidence Found For Bondi, Trump Bribery Complaint

Apr 7, 2017
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A southwest Florida prosecutor assigned by the governor to investigate a bribery complaint against President Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has found insufficient evidence to move forward.

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Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at 61.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is prepared for a major security operation, with not one  but two world leaders in town this weekend.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says it’s the biggest security operation he’s ever run. And he wants to be clear. Protesting? OK. Civil disobedience? No.


“We are not going to tolerate any civil disobedience, throwing of objects or any other type of disorderly conduct whatsoever,” said Bradshaw.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive Thursday afternoon.

The OneOrlando Fund for Pulse victims’ families and survivors is officially closed and no longer accepting donations.

A second distribution of more than $2 million in payments rolls out this week. The fund has paid out about $31 million overall.

People who want to continue donating to those affected by the Pulse tragedy can contribute to the Contigo Fund and the Central Florida Foundation—Better Together Fund. Spokesperson Rachel Calderon said that fund has raised a little more than $1 million to date.

State lawmakers are attempting to make it easier to identify questionable entries on the voter rolls.

People picketed outside two major food corporations in Tampa Wednesday to protest farmworker exploitation.  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) wants Publix to know, “Publix, escuchar. Estamos en la lucha,” which means, “Publix, listen. We’re in the fight.” CIW has been “en la lucha” for nearly a decade now.

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There's widespread agreement between lawmakers, law enforcement and child advocates that the state can do more to help juveniles who make stupid mistakes to stay out of trouble and avoid a criminal record that could follow them the rest of their lives.

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City leaders in Sarasota will consider a resolution to support legislation that would give smaller Florida cities the ability to regulate or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.

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As you walk into the Goodwill retail store on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, signs advertise 50 percent-off items with specific-colored tags. The tag sale started Sunday to try and raise falling profits at 18 local Goodwill stores.

Goodwill Industries Suncoast is nearly $1 million under budget this fiscal year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The company has frozen employee wages and hiring for a year to lower expenses, and they're working to raise revenue in retail stores using tactics such as the tag sale.

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Walt Disney World is moving its metal detectors to an earlier entry point at its most popular park, Magic Kingdom.

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Florida may agree to spend $200 million on an ambitious "emergency" plan to shift students away from chronically failing schools to charter schools run by private organizations.

A Senate panel is discussing how to re-envision Florida’s affordable housing system. 

Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.

Florida House lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to revamp the state’s information technology system.

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