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The U.S. added 227,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate rose just slightly, ticking up a tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the monthly report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The robust jobs number beat most predictions from economists, who had pegged the payroll increase at 175,000, according to NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

Buoyed by strong tourism numbers and population growth, Florida is experiencing a steady but uneven recovery, the Legislature’s chief economist is telling Tallahassee business leaders.

A Miami appeals court is siding with Governor Rick Scott and San Francisco-based technology giant Uber in a dispute over the status of part-time drivers.

2 Teens Face Murder Charge In Fatal Craigslist Robbery

Feb 3, 2017

Police say they have arrested a second teen suspected in the fatal shooting of a man who was selling a dirt bike on Craigslist.

A man who received a life sentence at age 16 for his role in a fatal robbery is getting out of prison.

Senate Wants ‘Block’ Tuition For Universities

Feb 3, 2017
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The Florida Senate will move forward next week with a proposal that would require all 12 state universities to adopt a "block" tuition policy by the fall of 2018.

Morgan, Latvala Test Waters In Governor’s Race

Feb 3, 2017
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Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for Florida governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray.

The U.S. Sugar Corporation could be required to sell land for a water storage plan proposed by Florida Senate President Joe Negron.

 

Florida civil rights groups and Democratic legislators are blasting Colorado federal appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. But  not all progressives are up in arms.

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Beyonce, Tim Tebow or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida's more unusual picks for president this past election.

Authorities say two former Tampa Bay area police employees have been charged with stealing more than $20,000 from the Bradenton Police Department's evidence room.

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More than 500 refugees were approved for resettlement in the Tampa Bay between July 2016 and July 2017.

But more than half of those are on hold after Trump’s executive order suspending incoming refugees for 120 days.

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The Tampa Bay region has a thriving Syrian American community that is in shock after President Trump signed an executive order suspending, indefinitely the acceptance of Syrian refugees.

Born in Damascus, Samar Hennawi moved to the United States with her family in 1984 when she was 17. She said she became a U.S. citizen as soon as she was eligible. She talked with WUSF's Bobbie O'Brien.

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The Tampa Bay refugee community is confused and concerned over President Trump's executive order suspending the country's refugee program for four months and indefinitely stopping Syrian refugees from entering the country.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing President Donald Trump over his travel ban. The ban restricts refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

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Florida's embattled tourism agency handed out multimillion dollar contracts to a federal partnership run by a former agency executive and for a cooking show with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse after outrage for the state's secret $1 million deal with rapper Pitbull.

Florida is one step closer to reinstating the death penalty.

After a year of turmoil for the state’s death penalty, one Florida legislator is trying to rein things in a bit. House Judiciary Chairman Chris Sprowls has proposed a bill that would bring the state’s death penalty in line with several state court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have thrown the sentence into limbo.

See WLRN's documentary about Florida's death penalty in limbo here.

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The crowd that crammed onto Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard and downtown for Gasparilla 2017 on Saturday was estimated between 300,000 and 400,000. There's no estimate yet on the amount of trash the paraders and pirates left in the wake.

Gasparilla 2017: Street Closures, Schedule, Maps

Jan 27, 2017
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Despite the gray skies and cooler temperatures, tens of thousands of people are flooding into Tampa's Bayshore neighborhoods and downtown Saturday for the annual Gasparilla parade and festival. They may arrive by plane and car, but not by boat: the new Cross Bay Ferry service from St. Petersburg to Tampa will not run Saturday.

Tallahassee rock music fans are doubly mournful today. Two much-loved musicians with Capital City connections are dead.

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