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The man responsible for a shooting at a Florida Zombie-themed festival more than two years ago was arrested Monday, police said.

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Plant City’s annual Strawberry Festival returns this week with a renovated main soundstage and headliners from a variety of musical genres.

Starting Thursday, the Florida Strawberry Festival is back. This year's theme, according to Festival President Paul Davis, is “Building New Memories!”

A Hillsborough County teen who had been battling a rare form of cancer has died less than a month after marrying his high school sweetheart.

Construction will begin to improve a temporary memorial for the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando as plans for a permanent museum continue underway.

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Florida's governor announced plans Friday to put more armed guards in schools and to make it harder for young adults and some with mental illness to buy guns, responding to days of intense lobbying from survivors of last week's shooting at a Florida high school.

When a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, many of their classmates didn't grieve in silence, they spoke out.

Urgent teenage voices filled television interviews, social media, even the hallways of Florida's capitol. They have also sparked a debate over gun laws in the aftermath of another school shooting.

Florida’s governor and state lawmakers each released plans for improving school safety following last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including major changes to gun laws and more money for mental health.

USF Ice Bulls

The Olympic journey of the U.S. women's hockey team ended in South Korea with a gold medal. One of their earlier stops on that trip was in the Tampa Bay area.

The Parkland high school where a former student shot and killed 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers Friday as the community grappled with word that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop the shooter.

Lawmakers Could Allow Armed Teachers In Schools

Feb 23, 2018

Hurriedly crafted state legislation to address last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school will include a controversial element that would allow teachers who’ve undergone special training to bring guns to schools, a concept that has divided Republican politicians and faces opposition from Democrats and educators. 

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Sarasota County Florida School Board Chairwoman Bridget Ziegler was in Tallahassee this week to talk about school security along with Florida's Principal of the Year, Booker High School Principal Rachel Shelley. 

Governor Rick Scott convened the task force after a gunman killed 17 people at a South Florida high school on Valentine's Day.

Scott says the input will be used to create a reform package that state lawmakers will work on before the end of the legislative session in March.

A man whose boat capsized was rescued from a Hillsborough County river.

Hundreds of people filled Church of the Glades in Coral Springs Thursday to honor slain Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach Aaron Feis.

Feis, 37, was killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the school. Witnesses say he was shot as he ran at the shooter and pushed students out of harm’s way.

Ever the coach, Feis’s memorial service opened with the singing of the national anthem.

Student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland organized a protest for gun reform outside the Biergarten Restaurant in Boca Raton Thursday morning. It was one of several demonstrations around the country targeting politicians who have accepted donations from the NRA.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.

Scot Peterson chose to resign and retire Thursday morning Israel said.

Haitian And Salvadoran TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration

Feb 23, 2018

Eight Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States with temporary protection from deportation have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its decision to end Temporary Protected Status was based on racism and discrimination that violates their constitutional rights.

Threats of violence against schools have been reported all across Florida since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, on Feb. 14.

The spike of threats in Florida seems to be in line with a national trend reported by the Educators School Safety Network, which says it recorded about 50 threats a day on average since the shooting at Parkland. The usual number, according to the organization, is about 10 threats a day on average.

To help fund a national gun-control movement, a small group of South Florida students who survived the worst high school shooting in U.S. history set up a modest website Sunday and created a GoFundMe account to pursue an ambitious goal: raise $1 million.

They’ve received more than three times that amount. In four days.

A tax cut package moving through the House is facing pushback from animal rights activists, educators and working people. But the proposal does include more tax free holidays and a break for nursing homes adding generators.

The recent Black Girls Day at the Capitol highlights minority women’s economic issues in Florida. Several organizations want improvements on education and better access to health care.

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Two students who survived the Florida school shooting and spoke publicly about it are not "crisis actors," despite the claims of several conspiracy-oriented sites and an aide to a Florida lawmaker.

Florida House: Schools Must Display 'In God We Trust'

Feb 22, 2018

Every Florida school and school administrative building will have to prominently display "In God we trust" under a bill passed by the Florida House.

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Authorities say they closed Legoland Florida to new guests and prevented current guests from leaving for a short time after a concerning note was found in a family bathroom.

Port Tampa Bay

A shipment of Chiquita bananas arrived at Port Tampa Bay last week, making it the first perishable product received by the port in over two decades.

Florida could start sharing voter information to make sure people aren't registered in other states under a bill now headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

Billy Graham Library

In the late 1930s, 20-year-old Billy Graham dropped to his knees on the dewy fringe of the 18th green of what is now the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club.

Students who survived the Parkland school shooting prepared to flood the Capitol on Wednesday, pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people and vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.

The U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall Collection is on the cusp of receiving its first statue of an African-American woman.

A  state representative has apparently fired an aide who emailed a reporter a claim that two survivors of a South Florida school shooting were actors.

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