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The former leader of Florida's corrections agency was appointed Thursday to oversee a New Mexico public-private state prison system and parole division that is struggling with rising recidivism rates and overworked guards.

Julie Jones was chosen by new Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to oversee a corrections system with a prison population that has grown to 7,300. It has struggled to hire and retain officers and avoid growing overtime expenses.

Marion County Schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to overhaul the state's school standards in the next year. 

Alachua County Fire Rescue

The federal agency responsible for investigating major crashes and accidents is sending an eight-member team to Florida to investigate a fiery crash that killed two semitrailer drivers and five children riding in a church van.

Cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Michael is slow, costly and ongoing. As donations to the area stall and media coverage fades, some residents of the Forgotten Coast fear the area is living up to its name.

Florida Gov. Won't Remove Official After School Shooting

Jan 31, 2019
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he won't remove the school superintendent who oversees the school where 17 people died in last year's massacre in Parkland. 

The Assignment of Benefits issue that has been plaguing the property insurance industry for a few years may finally be changed. During Wednesdays Associated Press Legislative Planning Session Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis blamed bad actors who he says are twisting the law.

The Florida Commission on Ethics has released a report and materials relating to complaints made against former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

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A Florida sheriff has ordered counseling for deputies who responded to a bank shooting where five women died.

In a video posted Tuesday on Facebook, Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman said his office suffered additional trauma after the Jan. 23 shooting at a SunTrust branch in Sebring when a sergeant killed himself Saturday. He had not been involved in the bank investigation.

Blackman said the tragedies "highlight the importance of seeking treatment for mental health issues."

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking Lakeland from moving a statute honoring Confederate soldiers.

District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington dismissed the lawsuit this week filed by Confederate rights groups against Lakeland. The city plans to move a statue of a Confederate soldier from a park where it was erected in 1910 to a veterans cemetery where it will be placed among statues honoring the dead from other wars.

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Commissioners in a Florida county are backing a plan to build a memorial to four young black men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a miscarriage of justice.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office

The man who fatally shot five women at a Florida bank last week bought a gun several days before the shooting, authorities said Monday.

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A 30-year-old orca has died at SeaWorld's Orlando park.

Shooting Parents Call For Furniture Company Boycott

Jan 29, 2019
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The parents of some victims of the Florida high school massacre protested Monday outside a furniture company whose CEO's support, they say, has helped prevent the firing of the local school superintendent.

Three victims' parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and about 50 supporters held up signs calling for a boycott of  the company City Furniture because CEO Keith Koenig supports Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, whom they have been unsuccessfully pushing the school board to fire.

Where to place a memorial recognizing the four, Jim Crow-era, Leon County lynching victims? That’s under consideration by a group calling itself the Community Remembrance Project Task Force.

Residents in Sebring gathered Sunday and held a vigil to honor the five women killed in a SunTrust branch mass shooting. 

Forever Stamps have gotten a lot more expensive, relatively speaking.

The price of a first-class Forever Stamp went up by a nickel Sunday, from 50 cents to 55 cents. That 10 percent increase "is the biggest price increase by total cents in the history of the Postal Service," according to The Associated Press.

The Postal Service has been running a multibillion-dollar deficit for years, and the price increase is an attempt to contend with a United States that just doesn't send as many letters as it used to.

César Díaz felt lucky that only a couple of leaks had sprung in his ceiling, even though Hurricane Maria tore the zinc panels off much of his roof. His real troubles began about a year after the storm, when a crew hired by Puerto Rico's housing department showed up to make the repairs.

"They weren't very professional," Díaz said. "They didn't wear gloves, and they asked if I had an extra piece of wood."

Within days, there were new leaks. Not only in the living room but in the bedroom, over his daughter's crib.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country are returning to work after being furloughed for more than a month. Thousands of others in the federal workforce did work during the 35-day shutdown but didn't get paid.

The Trump administration promises that by Friday federal workers will be paid the two consecutive paychecks that were missed as a result of the government being shuttered.

The Justice Department added another piece to the puzzle of its Russia investigation on Friday with charges against GOP political consultant Roger Stone — but the full picture still isn't complete.

Stone was arrested in Florida following an indictment by a grand jury working with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.

It was a cool and dry start to the weekend in Florida, but for many it won't be a dry finish. And that's probably okay for many Floridians experiencing a drought this winter.

A storm system was organizing in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, already spreading showers over portions of South Florida.  A heavier and steadier rain is likely to spread across the rest of the Florida peninsula Sunday, which could be seen on our Future Radar shared with our Twitter users early Saturday afternoon.

1/25/19: Medical Marijuana

Jan 25, 2019

This week on The Florida Roundup, we took a closer look at the future of medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition

Urban farmers, craft brewers, and sustainable living all come together for the “We Dig St. Pete” beer and garden tour on Saturday.

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Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Saturday as Jose Gaspar invades the bay with a parade in tow. The celebration has been a popular tradition since 1904.

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The small community of Sebring was devastated by Wednesday's shooting at SunTrust Bank that killed five women.

A Florida detective told investigators the former deputy entrusted to protect a high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting last year gave an initial statement filled with inaccuracies about his actions. 

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A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Highlands County from Indiana killed five people during a standoff at a bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police said.

A few strong thunderstorms are possible across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday evening, then across portions of the peninsula early Thursday morning.

Expert: Hurricane-Hit Timber Industry Needs Years To Recover

Jan 23, 2019

It could take a decade or more for Florida's timber industry to recover from Hurricane Michael's devastation, and the countless downed trees pose an immediate wildfire threat, Forida Forest Service Director Jim Karels told a Senate committee Tuesday.

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The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. 

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Police in Florida say two people have been killed and another wounded in a shooting at an unofficial after-party for St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dream Big Parade.

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