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Students from across Florida skip school to participate in global youth climate strike

Worried for their future on a planet that grows hotter every year, thousands of young people showed up at protest rallies around the Sunshine State on Friday, demanding their elected officials combat the climate crisis. “Now is...

“This department is in crisis,” GOP lawmaker says about FL Corrections agency

Facing lawmakers in the Capitol for the first time since inmate beatings by corrections officers sparked headlines, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch contended with questions about brutality in Florida’s prison system.“I think...

Active shooter drills at school: “Some of the kids are scared to death.”

School drills designed to protect students from shootings are in and of itself scary to schoolchildren, some parents and lawmakers say, with little kids in elementary classrooms frightened to the point that they need...

‘So much more we can do’ for more than 2,500 homeless FL veterans

A few years ago, U.S. Army veteran Mary White was a cash-strapped single mother who found herself couch-surfing with her young son. “We had become homeless,” she testified to U.S. House lawmakers Monday during a...

Could moderate Republicans merge with mom activists to come up with modest gun regulations in 2020?

In Florida’s Capitol, Kate Kile from the Tallahassee chapter of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action, sat outside a committee room with a three-ring binder in her arms.The notebook was filled with 870 personal...

Lawmakers begin their trek toward the 2020 session, talking budget, guns, hurricanes and more

They’re back.Florida lawmakers begin preparing for the 2020 legislative session on Monday, holding their first set of committee hearings this week. They'll continue a series of meetings over the next four months, in preparation...
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From celebration to criticism: How college rankings really work and can schools game the system?

From clapping and cheering to publishing praises from politicians, Florida got a lot of publicity this week about some big boosts in the popular college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.But beyond...
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U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation

WASHINGTON – U.S. House Democrats edged closer Thursday to launching formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump.The House Judiciary Committee voted, 24-17, along party lines, to adopt a resolution laying out procedures for an impeachment...

Lawyers: Lowell Corrections officials must be banned from visiting severely beaten inmate in the hospital.

Lowell Correctional Institution officials have had unfettered access to beaten inmate Cheryl Weimar -- who is bedridden in a hospital room in Ocala – a practice her attorney considered “troublesome” and a matter of...
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U.S. House votes to ban drilling off FL Gulf Coast; “Leave my beloved Florida alone,” one lawmaker says

WASHINGTON -- All but one Florida lawmaker in the U.S. House voted on Wednesday to block oil and gas leasing off of Florida’s Gulf Coast. The House voted 248-180 to pass  H.R. 205, a proposal...

Women with low incomes suffer with no abortion coverage

Over the past several months, we’ve witnessed anti-abortion politicians in states surrounding Florida and across the country enact a slew of anti-abortion laws aimed at limiting access to abortion for those who need it...

FL Gov. DeSantis pushing for a ‘robust program’ to reduce HIV and AIDS

Following a report that his predecessor’s administration turned down $70 million in federal money to fight HIV and AIDS, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that he has already met with federal officials to boost...

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