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Hemp farming exploded after the 2018 Farm Bill passed last December. The bill decriminalized the plant at the federal level, opening the door for many U.S. farmers to grow and sell hemp.

Over the past year, licensed hemp acreage increased more than 445%, according to the advocacy and research group Vote Hemp. More than 510,000 acres of hemp were licensed in 2019, versus about 112,000 acres in 2018.

Delivering a victory to Democrats, a federal judge Friday declared unconstitutional a decades-old Florida law that requires candidates who are in the same party as the governor to be listed first on the ballot.

Leaders of the Republican Party of Florida on Friday sent out a blast email to support University of Florida student body President Michael Murphy, who faces impeachment over his decision to bring Donald Trump Jr. to campus last month.

WUSF 89.7 News took both honors in the radio division at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists 2019 Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor’s Superyacht Marina

Nov 15, 2019

The Rybovich superyacht marina lies on the West Palm Beach, Florida, waterfront, a short drive north from Mar-a-Lago. Superyachts, floating mansions that can stretch more than 300 feet and cost over $100 million, are serviced at the marina, and their owners enjoy Rybovich’s luxury resort amenities. Its Instagram account offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of the global 0.1% — as one post puts it, “What’s better than owning a yacht, owning a yacht with a helicopter of course!”

Dozens of students from across Florida descended on their state Capitol demanding action on gun control Thursday, a day when a deadly school shooting in California prompted panic, helplessness and determination. 

When Elle Simone Scott was a young girl, her family relied on food stamps and her school's free lunch program to get by.

"At several points in my life, receiving free lunch when I needed it the most, it was so beneficial for me," she says. "You know, it was sometimes the most complete meal that I and some of my friends would have in a day."

Residents of a Tampa neighborhood are trying to save their local landmark, the Sulphur Springs Water Tower.

To raise funds for the restoration of the tower and surrounding park, they’re hosting a music festival this weekend.

Two people were killed Wednesday night, and all lanes on Interstate 75 in Tampa are now open following a fiery eight-vehicle crash involving a semi.

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously rejected an appeal seeking to prevent the execution of Death Row inmate James Dailey in the 1985 murder of a 14-year-old girl in Pinellas County.

A new study says allowing the estimated 750,000 undocumented immigrants living in Florida to obtain driver’s licenses would not only ease their lives, but also increase state revenue and public safety.

Florida may be on the right track to reducing the amount of opioid-caused deaths, according to the Department of Children and Families, but only if that state can find funding.

A new study calculates how many dangerously hot days the nation's military bases could experience over the next few decades if no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions – and Florida’s bases top the list.

Red tide is getting worse in the Tampa Bay area, causing fish kills last week in parts of Sarasota County.

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Like snowbirds, there's another group that's moving the Florida for the winter: sharks.

John Legend Lends Support As Florida Felons Get Voting Rights

Nov 10, 2019
People casting their votes at polling booths
WUSF Staff

Singer John Legend was on hand to lend support Friday as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in what Miami officials called a simple and streamlined process.

Like seriously, if you post something to the 'gram and not one of your followers hits "like," is it even worth sharing?

Beginning next week, some U.S. users of Instagram will be able to test this theory as the social media platform will begin hiding the "likes" counter that appears underneath a posted photo or video.

"Right now, we're testing making like counts private, so you'll be able to see how many people liked a given photo of yours or a video of yours, but no one else will," Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram announced Friday.

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, students and faculty at New College of Florida swung their sledgehammers Friday and knocked down a replica of the infamous wall, which they'd built on campus in September as a way to study the history of the era and how societal divisions persist today.

Florida is the first state to receive block grants for the timber industry from the United States Department of Agriculture.

There's a big pot of money coming to Florida from the federal government to help communities hit hard by recent hurricanes be more resilient in future storms. The Keys are making the case for a good chunk of that money.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announces new legal initiatives for veterans while surrounded by service members.
Delaney Brown / WUSF Public Media

At a press conference in Tampa Attorney General Ashley Moody announced two new initiatives aimed at providing increased legal resources for Florida’s veterans.

Florida will get $380.7 million from the federal government to help parts of the timber industry and farms ravaged more than a year ago by Hurricane Michael.

A scene from the 2016 parade for veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital.
James A. Haley VA

Groups and organizations around the Tampa Bay region have planned events to commemorate Veterans Day. The events, which include parades, job fairs, festivals, and ceremonies, will honor those who have served or are now serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and are open to the public.

Here’s a list of local events, with national events listed at the bottom:

St. Petersburg has been plagued by sewage spills since 2015, and now, part of the solution has some residents nervous that they might have to spend thousands to fix sewer pipes on their property.

Plans to expand Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota were rejected Tuesday night by a 3-2 city commission vote, but the leadership of the privately owned garden is vowing to find another way to pursue what it describes as much-needed growth.

The Citrus County Commission will discuss whether to pay for a digital subscription to the New York Times, weeks after some commissioners voiced opposition to the plan, calling the paper "fake news."

Despite objections from attorneys for utility customers, the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday continued moving ahead with plans for carrying out a new law that supporters say will help make the state’s electric system better able to withstand hurricanes.

Citrus County commissioners will not allow its public libraries to carry digital subscriptions to the New York Times because some said the newspaper prints "fake news."

State regulators Tuesday approved moving forward with a new 448 area code in Northwest Florida, while Tampa also could see an additional area code in the coming years.

It seems more and more North Florida families are literally self-destructing.

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