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A dangerous squall line of thunderstorms is expected to approach the Florida Panhandle Thursday night, then sweep across the entire Florida Peninsula Friday.

Florida Bill To Ban Sanctuary Policies Draws Raucous Debate

4 hours ago
State Capitol
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A proposed ban on sanctuary policies evoked talk of fear and bigotry, shouts of "Shame on you!" and the scolding of a Democratic senator who admonished a woman Wednesday for disparaging Miami, the Florida city with the largest Hispanic population. 

Central Florida Cities Among Fastest Growing In US

4 hours ago
Orlando skyline at night.
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When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. 

Fla. Senate Poised To Back Move Of Law Enforcement Officers From FWC To DEP

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A shift of 19 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law-enforcement officers to the Department of Environmental Protection, a change sought by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was teed up Wednesday by the Senate for a final vote.

Two big criminal justice reform bills are moving through the Florida Legislature. Backers of the similar bills in both chambers are going through negotiations down the stretch to position a final measure for passage.

Florida workers and union members are pushing for a $15 minimum wage. But it may not be an easy feat in the state.


When Florida is hit by a hurricane, utility companies must go in and help recover immediately. They pay for the cost up front and later charge customers to recoup their losses. A senate bill aims to lower both the price tag and time of recovery by forcing utility companies to strengthen their infrastructure before a storm.

Senate Poised To Take Up School Safety, Toll Roads

Apr 16, 2019

In two of the highest-profile issues of the 2019 legislative session, the Senate on Wednesday is slated to take up proposals designed to bolster school safety and build or expand three toll roads. 

Waste Management Buying Ponte Vedra-Based Advanced Disposal for $4.9 Billion

Apr 16, 2019

Waste Management Inc., the largest U.S. waste company, agreed Monday to buy Ponte Vedra-based Advanced Disposal Services Inc. for $4.9 billion.

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Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris, losing its spire but remaining otherwise largely intact after firefighters worked through the night to contain the fire.

The Florida Cabinet is planning to hold its next meeting in Israel next month.

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis said the trip’s main purpose is to promote investment in the state.

Local Tax Referendums Targeted in Florida House

Apr 15, 2019

After a sometimes-heated debate, the Florida House on Thursday approved a proposal that would make it harder to raise local sales taxes.

Awards were presented on April 13, 2019 for the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters contest.
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WUSF Public Media journalists won 11 honors Saturday night in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest, including five first-place finishes and a second-place award for Station of the Year.

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SeaWorld, the owner of Tampa's Busch Gardens, has laid off an undisclosed number of employees around the country in a move its says is aimed toward improving efficiency. 

'Gunshine State:' Florida Nears 2 Million Concealed Weapons Permits

Apr 14, 2019

Already leading the nation with the highest number of concealed weapon permits, Florida is nearing a new threshold: granting authority to 2 million civilians who can lawfully carry guns tucked in waistbands, under jackets or inside purses into restaurants, shopping malls and elsewhere.

Florida Considered Public Money For Troubled Executive

Apr 14, 2019
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Florida considered paying $250,000 to a former used car salesman in Kansas – with tax liens and a history of bankruptcy, failed business ventures, legal problems and millions of dollars in past-due debts over the last decade – to develop new digital license plate technology for cars and trucks in the Sunshine State.

Malak Silmi was taking her first real journalism class last January when her professor said something that changed her life: Watch what you post on social media because it might just come back to bite you.

Silmi's Twitter account at the time was one she'd had since she was 14. It was a public profile with her content ranging from memes and status updates to opinions on foreign policy. But she decided something had to change if she wanted to be taken seriously as a journalist. So, she deactivated it.

  April marks six months after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in the Florida panhandle and half a year later, Panama City and Mexico Beach are still in shambles.  On the six-month anniversary of the storm, more than 70 organizations came together to host a "Pray for Bay" event meant to unify the community and provide outreach. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials aren’t aborting pursuit of the operational command of President Donald Trump’s Space Force, despite a report Florida isn’t on the U.S. Air Force’s short list of potential bases.

Health officials say the number of cases of Hepatitis A in a Florida county is growing.

Blue Jackets Stun Lightning 5-1 To Take 2-0 Series Lead

Apr 13, 2019
Debbie Kemp is a member of the unofficial Lightning fan group Sticks of Fire. Members pack section 307 of Amalie Arena to lead chants every game.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are making a serious bid to knock the team with the best regular-season record out of the playoffs.

Toll Road Plans Cruise In Senate

Apr 12, 2019

Plans for three new or expanded toll roads across rural areas of the state continued to roll through the Senate on Thursday, despite critics warning about sprawling development. 

A stack of poker chips.
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With three weeks left in the legislative session, House Speaker Jose Oliva is not rejecting the possibility of reaching a gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. 

With renewable energy being at the forefront of issues with many climate advocates, utility companies are often seen as culprits when it comes to slowing down clean energy legislation. 

Florida lawmakers are responding to a report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland with a measure that addresses concerns raised in the 480-plus page report. Lawmakers say it’s "a good bill, but"—noting a divide over one portion that gives districts the option to allow classroom teachers to carry guns. The measure is now going before the full Senate amid controversy over the issue.

Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis Directs Action On Spanish-Language Ballots

Apr 12, 2019

Amid a federal court battle involving 32 counties, including several in Northeast Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday directed the state’s elections chief to begin a process to address the availability of Spanish-language ballots and Spanish-language voter assistance.

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg holds over 2,100 pieces of the  Spanish-born surrealist artwork
The Salvador Dali Museum

The Salvador Dali Museum’s request for $17.5 million towards a new expansion was approved by Pinellas County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The Carnvial Paradise is one of three ships Carnival operates out of Port Tampa Bay.
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A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

How much say should local governments have in passing regulations? That’s been a battle going back years in the legislature. Now, lawmakers are again looking at a variety of preemption bills.


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