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Florida wildlife officials say their annual manatee survey counted 6,620 of the sea cows — the most since the state began the census in 1991.

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Police say a man and a woman are accused of killing their landlord in Florida and living with the body for two weeks while trying to decide how to dispose of it.

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Florida authorities say new fingerprint technology helped them solve a 25-year-old rape case.

A war of words between two of Florida’s most powerful Republicans is heating up in a Leon County Circuit Court.

As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next year, legislators are pushing local pet projects. But there’s a new vetting process for House lawmakers this year intended to add more transparency.

To paraphrase an age-old saying: If at first you don't succeed, well, dust off the historic launch pad and try another liftoff.

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Florida had another record-setting year for tourism despite natural disasters, a virus outbreak and a tragic attack on an Orlando nightclub.

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On Valentine’s Day 42 years ago, the Tampa Bay Rowdies played their first soccer game in St. Petersburg. This Thursday, the City Council will vote on ballot language for a referendum that could allow the team to stay at Al Lang Stadium for 25 years instead of five.

What started in part by a text in response to racial tension and police shootings of black men has turned into millions of dollars directed at economic development and investment in the black community. The bank black effort is an economic call to action as much as it is a social movement.

One local bank, OneUnited, has received millions of new dollars in deposits thanks to the bank black movement. The bank is based in Boston with branches in Los Angeles and in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood.

Estimates for traffic deaths in Florida climbed to more than 3,200 in 2016, a jump of nearly ten percent from the previous year. Lee County leads Southwest Florida with the deadliest roads in the region with more than 100 deaths in traffic accidents last year, nearly three times the fatalities seen in Collier and Charlotte counties.

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Governor Rick Scott’s campaign to save the Visit Florida tourism marketing agency and Enterprise Florida’s business incentive program came to Tampa Monday. A House committee voted to eliminate both of the public-private partnerships last week.

Coast Guard Searching For Missing Plane

Feb 13, 2017
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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a small plane the failed to show up at it destination along Florida's Gulf coast.

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Walt Disney World is increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during its parks' busiest times.

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

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A customer at a nail salon in Florida was accidentally shot after an employee of a gun store next-door inadvertently discharged a gun.

Fort Myers Golfer Uses Putter To Escape Gator's Jaws

Feb 13, 2017
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A Florida golfer made the shot of his life with a putter when he used it to escape an alligator that had grabbed him by the ankle.

Tony Aarts used his putter to jab the gator in the eyes before the alligator let him go.

WINK-TV reports that Aarts was playing at the Magnolia Landing Golf & Country Club in the Fort Myers area last Wednesday when he heard a splash while approaching the fourth hole.

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Crowds flocked to the opening day of the 113th Florida State Fair on Thursday to sample the latest fried foods and explore the exhibits.

Why should a community fund free legal aid services for its low-income residents?

The Florida Bar Foundation is trying to make the case that these programs, which provide representation by civil legal aid advocates in cases directly affecting families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services, should be funded because they are  good for the economy.

Florida Citrus Forecast Gloomy Again

Feb 10, 2017

Florida's citrus industry, on pace for its worst harvest in five decades, continues to get troubling news.

Liquor, Self-Defense Bills Moving Though Senate

Feb 10, 2017
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Controversial proposals that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores and shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases were set up Thursday to be among the first items the Senate could approve when the annual legislative session begins next month.

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