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Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida’s children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, according to a special report in the Tampa Bay Times.

Appeals Court Orders New Trial In Tobacco Case

Feb 27, 2017

In a sharply worded ruling, a state appeals court Friday ordered a new trial in the death of a smoker whose estate initially won a more than $23 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  Murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget.  Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter.

When it comes to fear of being deported, immigration attorney Mayra Joli, gives her clients a checklist: Do they have an order of removal? Have they committed any crimes? Are they working on their case?

“If your answers are two no’s and one yes, you have nothing to worry about,” Joli says. “Just go back to sleep. And let me sleep.”

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Fire officials say a fire that damaged a Tampa area mosque was arson.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said in a news release the blaze occurred early Friday at the Islamic Society of New Tampa.


Study: Some Floridians Still Struggling Financially

Feb 23, 2017
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Nearly half of the people living and working in Florida still struggle to make ends meet after the Great Recession, according to a new study from the United Way.

Gun Safety Activists to Florida Legislature: Reject Gun Bills

Feb 22, 2017

Dozens of gun safety advocates gathered at the Florida Capitol Tuesday to pressure state lawmakers to reject a raft of bills loosening gun restrictions. 

The Florida House appears ready to take its incentives fight with Governor Rick Scott into the legislative session.

Florida parents could see cheaper diapers through legislation being considered by lawmakers. The measure by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, exempts diapers and incontinence products from sales tax.

Torrie Jasuwan, founder of BabyCycle Diaper Bank in Saint Petersburg, said one in three Florida moms can’t afford diapers. She says not having clean diapers can result in staph and urinary tract infections.

Over the past year, Florida has been second only to California in the number of new jobs created with just over a quarter of a million new jobs. But California’s labor market is twice the size of Florida’s. The rate of growth of Florida's job market also ranked second in the nation at 3.1 percent. (Oregon was No.

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Florida Power and Light announced Monday that it plans to build eight solar generators by early 2018. The plants will increase the company's solar capacity to nearly 1000 megawatts. 

Car Break-Ins Higher In St. Petersburg In 2016

Feb 21, 2017
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St. Petersburg residents have increasingly been the target of car break-ins since 2015.

In the last three months of 2016, the city saw a 53 percent increase in car burglaries compared to the same time a year ago.

Police Chief Anthony Holloway says that most of these crimes happen when people leave their cars unlocked or leave valuables in plain sight.

"If people just can remember to lock their vehicles and double-check and don't leave their valuables in their cars, we both can work on this together to reduce burglaries in vehicles,” he explained.

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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.

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