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FL’s Val Demings hammers Trump’s ‘rogue, back-channel’ Ukraine maneuvers as impeachment hearings open

Val Demings – the only Floridian serving on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee as it opened impeaching proceedings Wednesday against President Trump – focused her questioning how on Trump’s “shadow” policy in Ukraine damaged...

Global warming puts heat on military bases – Florida installations included

Spiking incidence of heat stroke and heat exhaustion among U.S. service personnel is requiring military leaders to ramp up prevention and response, according to a report published this year by the Armed Forces Health...

Are immigrant kids doomed? U.S. Supreme Court may side with Trump on crucial legal case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear...

For the love and pride of libraries, and the stupidity of five commissioners in Citrus County

Citrus County wasn’t always quite so backward.There was a time when libraries were pillars of the community, providing access to books, newspapers and other learning opportunities. Libraries in Citrus were places that valued reading...

With immigrant kids fearing deportation, a crucial legal case heads to U.S. Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children?The U.S. Supreme Court will consider...

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...

Getting cheap and safe Canadian drugs to Floridians is a big unknown

Florida regulators are proceeding with plans to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, but questions persist about when the drugs will begin flowing, whether the Canadian government will object, and whether officials can guarantee...

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...

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