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Health care workers wanted: A veteran needs you to work at a VA hospital

Flying home from Florida recently, I was seated across the aisle from an elderly man wearing a hat identifying himself as a Marine. His wife sat next to him and helped him store his...

Water wars: FL blames Georgia for the demise of its prized oyster population in Apalachicola Bay

Attorneys for Georgia and Florida are returning to the courtroom Thursday for a proceeding that could have major impact on southwest Georgia farmers who rely on the Flint River to water their crops.Both sides...

Hurricane victims face growing fire threat from ravaged forests; 4,200 acres have burned

While the threat of wildfires continues to heat up, foresters in the hurricane-devastated Panhandle are still waiting for disaster aid to help them remove millions of felled trees that pose a fire hazard across...

DeSantis asks Florida Supreme Court to clarify whether felons must pay legal costs before having their voting rights restored

Former felons who have not paid all of their fines or restitution costs should not be allowed to vote, despite a new state constitutional amendment allowing felons to register if they have completed their...
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Keeping Florida’s pension fund financially healthy won’t be cheap

When lawmakers start examining Florida’s massive state pension system in the 2020 legislative session, the numbers may look daunting.That’s because key retirement officials recently agreed on a recommendation to reduce the pension fund’s “assumed...

Removed from office: FL sheriffs mum after Israel case; Former AG Butterworth calls it a sad situation

The dramatic removal of an elected sheriff by the governor of Florida begs the question of what message this conveys to sheriffs in the age of mass shootings.But sheriffs across Florida have largely been...

Florida’s leaders love our environment, but they love money more

Florida’s leaders must hate Florida.Oh, they claim to love the place, rhapsodizing on the beauty of our springs, our lakes, our rivers, our forests, our beaches, and our seas. They vow to save the...

As local news outlets shutter, rural America suffers most

Journalism professor Penny Muse Abernathy lives in a news desert. She says there’s little local media coverage of Scotland County, North Carolina, among the poorest in the Tar Heel state. Her television news broadcasts come...
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Free college for all? U.S. House members advance sweeping effort to lower higher ed costs

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee passed legislation Thursday that supporters hailed as a “down payment” on a long-sought liberal goal: free college education for all.The sweeping measure from Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chairman...

FL Dems vote yes on Trump impeachment resolution in U.S. House; FL Republicans say no

Florida’s congressional Democrats voted Thursday in favor of pursuing the impeachment of President Donald Trump – while the state’s Republicans sided with the president.The final vote went 232 in favor of the impeachment resolution...

Overwhelmed and understaffed: FL’s 96 prison inspectors faced 10,991 investigations last year

When a corrections officer was arrested last week for a prison beating of her former brother-in-law, state Rep. Dianne Hart thanked the Florida Department of Corrections Office of Inspector General for its work in...

Fla. Democrat blasts Trump official for ‘heinous white supremacist ideology’

A senior Florida Democrat called a top Trump administration immigration official a white supremacist Wednesday and charged the administration with pursuing racist immigration policies.“You and Mr. Trump don’t want anyone who looks or talks...

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