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Pinellas Trial To Test Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

A Pinellas County manslaughter trial starting Monday could shape how courts - and state residents - understand Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

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Many students across the Sunshine State headed back to school this week, and others will do so in the coming weeks. So, we spent the full hour looking at how school safety rules are being implemented, and the effects they could have on student mental health.

The U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Northern District says he’s willing to review and prosecute marijuana cases that the state attorney will not. The move comes after State Attorney Jack Campbell said last month he's pressing pause on prosecuting marijuana cases in light of a new hemp law.

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Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in his Manhattan prison cell, according to the office of New York City's chief medical examiner. The office announced its findings in a statement released Friday afternoon, six days after the wealthy financier was found unresponsive while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue to plod along in the Florida Panhandle.
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Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue to plod along in the Florida Panhandle, as a high demand for labor is butting up against limited housing for workers in areas ravaged by the storm 10 months ago, according to business owners and officials.

Also slowing recovery efforts, estimated at about 50 percent complete, have been delays in insurance claim settlements and bureaucratic hurdles that some small business owners faced when seeking government assistance, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was told Wednesday as he held a hearing at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.

A Pinellas County manslaughter trial starting Monday could shape how courts - and state residents - understand Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

When Elizabeth Coffey-Williams first came out to her family as transgender in the late 1960s, the language of gender identity wasn't what it is today.

"A lot of the words that they have today, like transgender and non-binary, they didn't have them," Elizabeth, who was in her early 20s at the time, told her niece Jennifer Coffey in a recent StoryCorps interview.

Several inches of rain have already fallen in many communities of west-central Florida this week, and with more anticipated over the next two days, the risk of flooding will continue.

A Flood Watch has been issued for parts of Florida’s Big Bend and inland areas of North Florida through Saturday evening. Flood Watches also continue for much of west-central Florida and southeast Florida through Friday evening.

3 to 7 inches of rain has fallen near the Nature Coast and north of Tampa since Monday, according to estimates from doppler radar and several reporting stations.

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Scott Keeler

WUSF's food podcast, The Zest, celebrates cuisine and community in the Sunshine State. Here's what's on the menu for this week's episode...

The university announced local philanthropists Jugal and Manju Taneja have donated $10 million to the school, which will now be known as the USF Health Taneja College of Pharmacy.
USF

The University of South Florida received the largest financial gift offered to a pharmacy school in the state on Friday, and renamed its school for the donors.

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Bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists, Florida’s visitor count continued at a record pace through the second quarter of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday.

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