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Florida orange juice will continue to flow at welcome centers targeting tourists who travel to the state, despite a promotional budget cut. | Florida Welcome Centers
May 9, 2024

Tourists can still get free orange juice entering Florida

Free orange juice will continue to flow at interstate welcome centers despite a budget cut for promotional efforts.…

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A state trooper on patrol along the Gandy Bridge in Tampa pulled over a Nissan GTR traveling over 100 mph on Oct. 20, 2023. The driver was charged with street racing. | Florida Highway Patrol via WUSF
May 8, 2024

DeSantis signs bill increasing penalties for street racing

Rep. Kiyan Michael, a Jacksonville Republican, co-sponsored the bill. She said current penalities have not been a deterrent for many…

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April 24, 2024

Qualifying period begins for Florida congressional races

A lawsuit over a North Florida congressional district continues to work its way through the courts.…

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Colorado State University predicts 23 named storms this year and 11 hurricanes.
April 5, 2024

Forecasters predict ‘very, very busy’ hurricane season

Researchers at Colorado State University are projecting 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes, including five major hurricanes.…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis smiles after his 2020 State of the State Speech in Tallahassee. | Justin Bright, Fresh Take Florida
March 25, 2024

DeSantis signs bill easing teen work restrictions

The bill will ease decades-old regulations on the hours that 16- and 17-year-old Floridians can work.…

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A person sits near their tent in an empty lot near Ashley and Clay streets in Downtown Jacksonville on March 8, 2024. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 21, 2024

Jacksonville works to comply with new homeless law

Mayor Donna Deegan says the law adds urgency to efforts the city has already begun to get people off the…

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A homeless camp is shown in Immokalee. Legislation that would bar cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public rights of way is now on its way to Gov. DeSantis to sign. | Andrea Melendez, WGCU
March 6, 2024

Legislature votes to ban homeless sleeping in public

The bill bars cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public…

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February 20, 2024

Florida gambling money may pay for environmental projects

Legislators have agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling money to expand a state wildlife corridor and…

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January 30, 2024

Florida may ban people from sleeping on public property

Rep. Sam Garrison of Fleming Island sponsored a bill that prevents cities and counties from letting people sleep or camp…

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Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, is sponsoring a proposal to do away with a campaign matching funds program.
January 16, 2024

St. Augustine senator targets campaign matching funds

Sen. Travis Hutson says the money for political candidates might be better used in other ways.…

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Gas prices in 2024 shouldn't pinch motorists as much as the past two years, GasBuddy says.
December 29, 2023

Drivers could get relief on gas prices in 2024

GasBuddy forecasts that prices in Florida will average $3.19 a gallon to $3.51, depending on the time of year.…

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Florida for the first time is offering a sales tax holiday as students return from the winter break.
December 28, 2023

Another back-to-school tax holiday starts Monday

Florida for the first time is offering a sales tax holiday as students return from the winter break.…

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Florida’s struggling citrus industry could be showing signs of recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Ian and the decades-long fight against citrus greening disease. | PepsiCo aia AP Images
December 11, 2023

Warmer winter may help citrus industry recover

Projections for the new crop are nearly 30% ahead of last season’s production, which was hammered by Hurricane Ian and…

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December 6, 2023

Here are the governor’s priorities in 2024-25 budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a variety of tax cuts and spending on such things as teacher salary increases and police…

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A home that came off its blocks sits partly submerged in a canal in Horseshoe Beach on Sept. 1, 2023, two days after the passage of Hurricane Idalia. | Rebecca Blackwell, AP
November 27, 2023

Hurricane season ends quietly, but recovery will take time

For a second consecutive season, Florida took a direct hit from a major storm: Hurricane Idalia. But the season could…

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Alligators begin to get more active in April. | Gerald Herbert, AP
November 20, 2023

Gator hunts could be expanded to add ‘flexibility’

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider special permits that would expand where alligator hunters can hunt.…

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September 28, 2023

North Florida lawmaker calls for bear hunt

An estimated 2,500 bears inhabit four regions of the state, including Northeast Florida. Interactions between bears and humans have increased.…

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August 17, 2023

Fewer tourists are coming to Florida as other states recover

The number of people traveling to Florida during the second quarter of 2023 decreased compared with a year earlier.…

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May 30, 2023

How hurricane warnings will be different this year

Taking lessons from Hurricane Ian, forecasters say they must do more to communicate the risks of approaching storms.…

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March 29, 2023

Jax tourism chief warns against Visit Florida cutbacks

Michael Corrigan, president and CEO of Visit Jacksonville, says local tourism groups could suffer if the Legislature cuts funding to…

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March 16, 2023

Removing Confederate monuments could become illegal

A proposed Florida law would block cities like Jacksonville from removing historic monuments from public locations, and cities could be…

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February 23, 2023

DeSantis comes to Jacksonville to push immigration reform

Gov. Ron DeSantis called for stiffer penalties for smuggling people into Florida and expanded use of the E-Verify employment eligibility…

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December 30, 2022

Gas prices at $4 a gallon? It’s expected again across Florida in 2023

As average gasoline prices have moved back above $3 a gallon in Florida, a tech company that monitors the fuel…

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December 22, 2022

DeSantis signs bill to stabilize insurance industry

Anticipating the need for more legislation about the state’s troubled property insurance system, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed bills…